Communications Minister, Stella
Ndabeni-Abrahams has apologised for breaking the lockdown rules and visiting a
Communications Minister, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has apologised for breaking the lockdown rules and visiting a friend.
She was photographed having lunch with former Deputy of Higher Education minister - Mduduzi Manana at his home this past weekend.
The photo was uploaded to Instagram by Manana - but he later deleted it after it caused an uproar - and prompted South Africans to call for action to be taken against the Ndabeni-Abrahams.
President Cyril Ramaphosa summoned Ndabeni-Abrahams yesterday to explain her actions.
She's now been placed on two-months special leave - with one month unpaid.
The President also directed her to say sorry to the nation...
”I regret the incident and I am deeply sorry for my actions. I hope the president and you South Africans will find it in your hearts to forgive me,” Ndabeni-Abrahams said.
“The president has put me on special leave, I undertake to abide by the conditions of the leave. I wish to use this opportunity to reiterate the president’s call for all of us to observe the lockdown rules. They are a necessary intervention to curb the spread of the virus that has devastated many nations”
Watch the full video here:
WATCH: Communications Minister, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has issued an apology for breaking the lockdown rules aimed to curb the spread of COVID-19.— ECR_Newswatch (@ECR_Newswatch) April 8, 2020
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