- Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has been fined R1 000 over her lunch date scandal
- The controversial lockdown violation seems to have earned this politician a half-hearted slap on the wrist
- Ndabeni-Abrahams was charged with contravening the lockdown regulations and ordered to appear in court next month
Communications, Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has coughed up the admission of guilt fine of R1 000.
The minister was charged with contravention of regulation 11 B of the Disaster Management Act and served with a court summons for later in May.
The fine in question was determined by the senior magistrate for the magisterial district of Tshwane, with the R1 000 punishment handed over for the offence of failure to confine oneself to a place of residence.
The minister, according to National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane, now has a criminal record for the transgression.
Mjonondwane commented that the state accused Ndabeni-Abrahams of unlawfully and intentionally failing to remain home when she visited ex-deputy minister Mduduzi Manana:
“The investigations revealed that the visit was not for purposes of rendering essential services or obtaining essential goods, collecting a grant or seeking medical attention as per requirements of the Covid-19 regulations."
Briefly.co.za reported that Ndabeni-Abrahams had found her front and centre in the controversy after Manana posted a photo of their lunch gathering to social media.
Citizens facing arrest for violating the same rules were outraged by the poor example set by the minister.
In response to the situation, President Cyril Ramaphosa had suspended Ndabeni Abrahams for two months, one of which unpaid.
The president had condemned the violation and revealed he hadn't been satisfied with the minister's excuse for the violation in an earlier statement.
President Cyril Ramaphosa suspended Ndabeni-Abrahams for two months, with one month's salary docked.
While the matter will still be heading to court, the question remains whether or not the minister has been punished with the same force as the average joe.
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