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SAPS to investigate Premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane’s alleged misconduct

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Minister Bheki Cele has called on the SAPS to investigate Premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane’s alleged misconduct, after reportedly being seen without a face mask in public.

Minister of Police, Bheki Cele released a statement on Sunday, 24 January 2021, on the matter of the Premier of Mpumalanga, Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane’s alleged misconduct. Tsipane has been topical since her appearance at Minister Jackson Mthembu’s funeral on Saturday, 23 January 2021, when she was reportedly caught on camera without a face mask multiple times.

Minister Cele has been adamant that not wearing a face mask is a punishable crime under Alert Level 3 lockdown regulations. Cele has been unwavering in enforcing the rule, therefore, when Tsipane was televised not wearing her face mask, there were questions on the consequences she would face. At the time, Tsipane’s office had released a statement claiming that the premier’s face mask had fallen off and she did not recognise that it had.

In explaining the most immediate action that will be taken by the South African Police Service (SAPS) against Tsipane, Cele was quoted as saying, “If South Africa wants to beat this invisible enemy which is COVID-19, we simply can’t let our guard down. This is why I have spoken to the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, General Khehla Sitole to look into the matter of the Premier and an investigation must be conducted and necessary action must be taken.”

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