President Cyril Ramaphosa has placed minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Ms. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams on special leave for two months of which one month will not be paid, Presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko has revealed.
This follows the revelation on social media that the minister had recently visited the home of a friend Mduduzi Manana who hosted lunch, contravening the lockdown regulations.
The president summoned the minister on Tuesday 07 April, and expressed his disapproval of the minister’s actions which undermine the requirement that all citizens should stay at home and save South Africa from spreading COVID-19.
“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’m satisfied that minister Ndabeni-Abrahams appreciates the seriousness of what she has done and that no one is above the law,” he said.
Ramaphosa also said that for violating the lockdown regulations, the law should take it’s course against the minister.
In the meantime, Jackson Mthembu, the minister in the Presidency office will act in minister Ndabeni-Abrahams’ position.
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