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Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams placed on two-month leave after breaking lockdown regulations

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has reprimanded Minister of Communications, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams for not adhering to lockdown regulations by visiting the home of Mduduzi Manana for lunch during the lockdown period.

In a statement today, 8 April 2020, The Presidency announced that Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has been placed on two- month leave, with one month unpaid, following her lunch with former Higher Education and Training Deputy Minister, Mduduzi Manana. The statement read, “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.”

Manana had posted an image of them gathered in his home for lunch during the lockdown, prompting outrage from the public. Following the image’s circulation on social media and backlash, Manana released a statement in which he stated that it was not a social lunch, but rather, a stop which Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams had made for the collection of protective gear for an on-site project. He apologized for his post and admitted that, in hindsight, the image had given off the wrong impression.

See the official statements below.


Sayushka Naidoo
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