- The EFF has called for President Cyril Ramaphosa to fire Minister Stella-Ndabeni-Abrahams
- After the minister was placed on special leave for violating lockdown regulations, the party claimed that Ramaphosa had taken a nonsensical approach
- The Red Berets called on Minister Bheki Cele to treat his colleague in the same way the authorities treat civilians breaking the regulations
The Economic Freedom Fighters have joined the calls for Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams' removal from Cabinet.
The party issued a statement on Wednesday, condemning the violation of the current coronavirus regulations:
"The two-month censure imposed on the Minister for breaching the lockdown is nonsensical and suggests that Ministers and Members of the Executive must be treated as if they are above the law. Ordinary citizens are subjected to the full might of the law should they breach lockdown regulations. For one to have lunch with friends while our people observe the lockdown is insulting and undermining."
The party went as far as claiming that President Cyril Ramaphosa often extended special treatment to his ministers:
"The attitude that Ministers are beyond reproach is a common trend in the Ramaphosa regime. We have seen it with Pravin Gordhan and we see it now with a Minister who has fundamentally undermined efforts to combat a global pandemic."
Ndabeni-Abrahams' punishment, according to the Red Berets, is merely a slap on the wrist in comparison to what citizens have faced with the party calling on police to act:
"We call on the Minister of Police and SAPS to take the same action they have done with ordinary citizens who violated the regulations. No one should be above the law, particularly during this critical time of preventing the rapid spread of the coronavirus."
The EFF called for the Minister to be stripped of her post in order to 'maintain' the integrity of the national lockdown.
"Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams must be removed from Cabinet if the integrity of this national lockdown is to be maintained and the rule of law is to be taken seriously. There is no logical explanation for her to be treated with kids gloves while the masses of our people are subjected to the full might of the law."
Briefly.co.za reported that Ramaphosa had placed Ndabeni-Abrahams on two months special leave, one of which will be unpaid, and called for justice to take its due course when it came to the allegations.
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