- Police Minister Bheki Cele has come under fire after reportedly being spotted at Blade Nzimande's home
- Cele denies that the visit was a personal one, adamant that it had been for work purposes
- Nevertheless, the incident has caused a stir as the rest of the nation continues to endure strict regulations
Police Minister Bheki Cele has found himself at the centre of a possible lockdown violation after he was allegedly spotted at Minister Blade Nzimande's home.
News24 reported that the minister had been seen possibly paying a personal visit to Nzimande's KwaZulu-Natal home.
However, the report indicated that Cele consistently denied popping over for anything other than business.
The incident happened when Cele invited media representatives to observe the Police Minister conducting a walkabout in Pietermaritzburg, ironically over concerns over possible non-compliance with Level 4 restrictions.
The Citizen reports that reported Kaveel Singh had been there on the day in question, commenting that:
“While there, however, News24 and a handful of other media saw the minister’s convoy scurry past the mall. They followed the convoy, only to arrive at Nzimande’s home, where Cele was warmly embraced. After the brief visit, Cele walked back to his convoy and News24 seized the opportunity to ask the minister what the purpose of his visit was. But the usually camera-friendly Cele was silent.”
In response to the buzz surrounding the incident, Cele eventually commented telling News24 that:
“I was working in the area and had a few houses, dealing with the issue of Covid-19, and Blade’s home was one of those houses. I would have loved to have visited him (Nzimande). If he was just not in Pretoria, I would have visited him. But he was in Pretoria. How could I go to Dambuza and visit Blade when he is in Pretoria? The answer is simple, I did not visit Blade."
Nzimande's spokesperson, Ishmael Mnisi, has also chimed in that the visit hadn't been personal:
“Minister Nzimande has no problem about the visit because Minister Cele was performing his responsibilities in the area and many other places."
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa recently came under fire after failing to practice social distancing while posing for selfies with citizens.
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