President says the law must deal with Abrahams
Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams was directed by President Cyril Ramaphosa to make a public apology to the nation for violating the Covid-19 lockdown regulations. This is after a photograph of her socialising outside her home with five other people was posted on social media on Monday.
The Minister had visited a friend and former colleague, Mduduzi Manana, for a dinner party at his home on Day 11 of the lockdown. The President said no one is above the law, including Ministers and that the law must take its course and she must face the same consequences as everybody else in this country.
Ndabeni-Abrahams is the Mthatha born Minister for Communications, Digital Technologies and Postal Services. Lockdown regulations stipulate that South Africans must stay at home, except for essential service workers that include healthcare workers, the police, defence force and other security services. Citizens must practice social distancing at all times.
Ndabeni-Abrahams was summoned by the President on Tuesday, April 7 where he reprimanded her and instructed her to make a public apology, confirmed Ramaphosa’s spokeswoman, Khusela Diko.
He added that as a member of the national executive, she is held to a higher standard. Ndabeni-Abrahams has been placed on special leave for two months, with one month unpaid. Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu will act on her behalf.
“The national lockdown requires absolute compliance. None of us should undermine the national effort to save lives in this very serious situation,” said President Ramaphosa.