- Photos of what seems to be a high-profile birthday celebration have hit social media
- The post condemned SA leadership, including President Cyril Ramaphosa, for failing to follow Covid-19 lockdown regulations
- Briefly.co.za explores the facts behind the drama concerning these snaps
A Facebook post has slammed President Cyril Ramaphosa and 50 other ANC members for failing to follow Covid-19 preventative measures.
The post included photos of the politicians laughing and hugging during the celebrations, commenting that:
“On the 6th June 2020 it was totally permissible for President Ramaphosa and over 50 ANC members not to wear a mask at a birthday party, NO social Distancing and they were hugging each other … It really doesn’t make sense.”
Screenshots of this post spread like wildfire shared hundreds of times at a time where a similar gathering of ordinary citizens would be considered highly illegal.
Gatherings involving over 50 people are only permitted under specific circumstances, including funerals and religious gatherings.
Social visits, even to celebrate a birthday, are prohibited and citizens face arrest for contravening the Disaster Management Act.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the event was indeed a birthday celebration for veteran Andrew Mlangeni.
Mlangeni served 26 years imprisoned on Robben Island alongside the likes of Nelson Mandela and Govan Mbeki, a highly respected anti-apartheid activist.
However, this specific set of pictures shared by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 6 June actually were of the veteran's 93rd birthday dinner two years ago.
News24 reports that Mlangeni actually spent the day at home, treated to gifts in line with the Covid-19 restrictions:
“Due to national lockdown regulations, the occasion was marked by a ‘dignified drive-through’ at his home in Dube, Soweto. Each car was given 30 seconds to wish Mlangeni a happy birthday and drop off a present outside the house."
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