President Cyril Ramaphosa has placed Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams on special leave for two months after a picture of her having lunch with ANC MP Mduduzi Manana during lockdown surfaced on social media.
The president expressed his disapproval of the minister’s actions, saying that her actions undermined the requirement that all citizens stay at home during the lockdown.
This follows the revelation on social media that the Minister had recently visited the home of a friend who hosted a lunch, contrary to the lockdown regulations.
Meanwhile, Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to set an example by laying a criminal complaint against Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.
However, Former Deputy Minister of Higher Education Mduduzi Manana denied breaking lockdown conditions by having a social gathering with Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.
In a media statement released on Tuesday afternoon, Manana said the minister was collecting personal protective equipment for students at his home on Sunday.
Manana apologised for posting a photograph of the meeting.
However, Social media users were outraged when Manana posted the picture of the two not observing lockdown regulations.