The now suspended communications minister says she deeply regrets her actions.
In an announcement on Wednesday, Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams apologised to President Cyril Ramaphosa, the National Command Centre and South African society at giant for breaching lockdown guidelines put in place to curb the unfold of Covid-19.
She later launched a video of her apology too.
Ramaphosa and Ndabeni-Abrahams met yesterday after a photograph was circulated on social media exhibiting the minister on the house of former ANC MP Mduduzi Manana throughout the lockdown and social distancing interval.
The presidency then introduced that Ramaphosa had positioned Ndabeni-Abrahams on particular depart for 2 months – one month of which might be unpaid.
He had summoned her to clarify to him why she appeared to have damaged lockdown rules by having lunch with former ANC MP Mduduzi Manana at his house this week. Manana posted a photograph of their meal collectively, which sparked condemnation and requires her to be fired.
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“I remorse the incident and I’m deeply sorry for my actions. I hope the president and South Africans will find it in their hearts to forgive me,” stated Ndabeni-Abrahams.
She added: “The president has suspended me with rapid impact. I undertake to abide by the situations of the suspension.
“I want to use this chance to reiterate the president’s name for all of us to observe the lockdown guidelines. They are a mandatory intervention to curb the unfold of a virus that has devastated many countries.”
The presidency has stated that the legislation ought to take its course on whether or not she is responsible of violating the lockdown.
Ramaphosa accepted her apology “however was unmoved by mitigating elements she tendered”. The president reprimanded her and directed her to ship a public apology to the nation.
During Ndabeni-Abrahams’ particular depart, Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu will act in her place.
Ramaphosa has stated: “The nationwide lockdown requires absolute compliance on the a part of all South Africans. Members of the nationwide govt carry a particular 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 save lives in this very critical state of affairs. I’m glad that Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams appreciates the seriousness of what she has carried out and that nobody is above the legislation.”
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