The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) wants the Communication Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams removed from the cabinet and not be treated with ‘kids gloves’, the party said on a statement on Wednesday.
“The two-month censure imposed on the Minister for breaching the lockdown is nonsensical and suggests that Ministers and Members of the Executive must be treated as if they are above the law,
“Ordinary citizens are subjected to the full might of the law should they breach lockdown regulations. For one to have luch with friends while our people deserce the lockdown is insulting and undermining,” says the EFF.
The party says SAPS and the Minister of Police should take the same measure applied to the public on Ndabeni-Abrahams.
In his response yesterday, Mduduzi Manana who hosted the minister for a luncheon at his place says Ndabeni-Abrahams was there to collect personal protective equipment to fight COVID-19 and had to sit for the lunch.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has placed Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Ms. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams on special leave for two months – one month of which will be unpaid.
Ramaphosa says as for allegations that the Minister violated the lockdown regulations, the law should take its course.
“None of us – not least a member of the National Executive – should undermine our national effort to save lives in this very serious situation. I am satisfied that Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams appreciates the seriousness of what she has done and that no-one is above the law.” says the President.