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

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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