- South Africans have reacted angrily to the Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtseni not wearing a mask at the funeral of Jackson Mthembu
- In various pictures and clips, the MP is seen interacting with those around her while not wearing a mask
- Many locals have headed online and demanded action be taken against her for her reckless behaviour
South African timelines have been buzzing ever since Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtseni was seen maskless at the widely-publicised Minister Jackson Mthembu's funeral that took place last Saturday last weekend.
Various posts presenting evidence of her negligence were shared online along with calls for action to be taken against her. Many have said that she should be treated with the same harshness ordinary citizens have been treated with when they did not wear masks.
The MP received criticism from hundreds of South Africans, political figures such as the EFF's Julius Malema and even Police Minister Bheki Cele. Briefly.co.za explores some of the things Mzansi has had to say about the maskless MP.
Read a few of them below:
"One guy was arrested for going out during curfew to buy milk for his lil baby. I'm sure he was wearing a mask. #MpumalangaPremier"
"#MpumalangaPremier. Nothing's gonna happen to her, we have seen this movie before."
"Refilwe Mtsweni was supposed to be arrested right there at the funeral of Jackson Mthembu not waiting for her to apologise. She can't say she didn't hear that she was not wearing a mask. #MpumalangaPremier"
"#MpumalangaPremier must be arrested if this law of SA is not only for poor defenseless people."
Briefly.co.za previously reported that Police Minister Bheki Cele has now called for a police investigation into the conduct of Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane. The Premier had been spotted on national TV at the funeral of Minister Jackson Mthembu, prompting immense outrage.
Minister Cele also highlighted the wearing of masks in public as simply essential amid the fight against Covid-19:
"The wearing of masks in public is a non-negotiable. If South Africa wants to beat this invisible enemy which is Covid-19, we simply can’t let down our guard down."
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