Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Democratic Alliance (DA) have expressed disappointment at President Cyril Ramaphosa for placing Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams on special leave for two months–one without pay
His [President] choice follows photograph posted on social media showing Ndabeni-Abrahams eating with a couple of others during the lockdown and social distancing period.
The minister was enjoying lunch at the home of a former Parliamentarian, Mduduzi Manana, probably at Fourways, Johannesburg.
Following President Ramaphosa’s declaration of a national calamity under the National Disaster Management Act on March 15, any individual who contradicts guidelines must pay a penalty, while the courts decides for other infringement.
EFF National Spokesperson Vuyani Pambo said his organisation has laid criminal charges against Ndabeni-Abrahams and Manana at Douglasdale Police Station for breaking lockdown guidelines.
DA Shadow Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Phumzile Van Damme said Ndabeni-Abrahams must know better as she has an obligation that surpasses that of people in general.
She must set an example, while our nation is battling a worldwide pandemic that has contaminated over a million and slaughtered more than 80 000 people worldwide. “She should know better.”
“We thought it significant for the President to convey a solid message to the nation by both terminating and laying a criminal charge against her,” said Van Damme.
Should President Ramaphosa not lay a criminal grievance, he ought to at least address the country with Police Minister and the National Police Commissioner to guarantee the country they will act against Ndabeni-Abrahams.
Ndabeni-Abrahams has apologised for contravening lockdown guidelines.
“I trust the President and South Africans will find it in their hearts to forgive me. The President has put me on a special leave with immediate effect. I accept to abide by the conditions of the special leave,” said Ndabeni-Abrahams.