Allow the court to act on Ndabeni-Abrahams, proclaims EFF and DA

Eff lay criminal charge against Minister

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.

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