South African Minister for Communications and Digital Technologies, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, has been placed on compulsory two months leave by the President Cyril Ramaphosa.
South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa placed Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, on special leave for two months – one month to be unpaid- after a picture of her having lunch with her politician friend, MP Mduduzi Manana, during lockdown surfaced on social media.
President Ramphosa in a statement released Wednesday morning, expressed his disapproval of the minister’s actions, saying it undermined the requirement that all citizens stay at home during the lockdown.
The presidency shared;
#COVID19 PRESIDENT CENSURES MINISTER STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS FOR LOCKDOWN LUNCH
President Cyril Ramphosa has place Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams on special leave for two months – one month of which will be unpaid.
As to allegations that the Minister violated lockdown regulations, the law should take its course. This follows the revelation on social media that the Minister had recently isited the home of a friend who hosted a lunch, contrary to the lockdown regulations.
The President summoned the Minister yetserday, Tuesday 07 April, 2020. The President expressed his disapproval of the Minister’s actions, which undermine the requirement that all citizens stay at home and save South Africa from the spread of the coronavirus.
The President accepted the Ministers apology for the violation but was unmoved by mitigating factors she tendered.
President Ramphosa has place the Minister on special leave for 2 months, during which Minister in The Presidency Jackson Mthembu will act in Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams’ position. The President has reprimanded the Minister & directed her to deliver a public apology to the nation.