The president has mentioned he was ‘unmoved’ by her excuses and needs to make it clear that ‘nobody is above the legislation’.
In a press release on Wednesday, the presidency introduced that President Cyril Ramaphosa has positioned Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams on special leave for 2 months – one month of which might be unpaid.
It comes after he summoned her to clarify to him why she appeared to have damaged lockdown laws by having lunch with former ANC MP Mduduzi Manana at his dwelling this week. Manana posted a photograph of their meal collectively, which sparked condemnation and requires her to be fired.
“As to allegations that the minister violated the lockdown laws, the legislation ought to take its course,” mentioned presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko.
“This follows the revelation on social media that the minister had just lately visited the house of a good friend who hosted a lunch, opposite to the lockdown laws,” the assertion continued.
“The president summoned the minister yesterday. The president expressed his disapproval of the minister’s actions, which undermine the requirement that each one residents keep at dwelling and save South Africa from the unfold of the coronavirus.”
Ramaphosa accepted the minister’s apology for the violation “however was unmoved by mitigating components she tendered”.
During her special leave, Minister within the Presidency Jackson Mthembu will act in her place.
The president reprimanded her and directed her to ship a public apology to the nation.
Ramaphosa has mentioned: “The nationwide lockdown requires absolute compliance on the a part of all South Africans. Members of the nationwide govt carry a special duty in setting an instance to South Africans, who’re having to make nice sacrifices.
“None of us – not least a member of the nationwide govt – ought to undermine our nationwide effort to avoid wasting lives on this very critical state of affairs. I’m happy that Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams appreciates the seriousness of what she has completed and that nobody is above the legislation.”
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