Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams put on special leave

For undermining lockdown.
Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has been put on two months' special leave for violating lockdown regulations. Image: Supplied.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has placed Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams on special leave for two months – one month of which will be unpaid.

This comes after social media was up in arms on Tuesday, after a social media post went viral allegedly showing her having lunch at the home of former deputy minister of higher education, Mduduzi Manana, during the national lockdown.

This is contrary to the lockdown regulations, that only essential workers can move around, and citizens should only leave their homes to get essentials like food or medical assistance.

The president summoned Ndabeni-Abrahams on Tuesday. According to a statement released by the Presidency, Ramaphosa expressed his disapproval of the minister’s actions, which undermined the requirement that all citizens stay at home and save South Africa from the spread of the coronavirus.

“The president accepted the minister’s apology for the violation but was unmoved by mitigating factors she tendered,” it reads.

Ramaphosa has placed the Ndabeni-Abrahams on special leave for two months, during which Minister in The Presidency Jackson Mthembu will act in her place.

The president has reprimanded the minister and directed her to deliver a public apology to the nation.

Listen: President spokesperson Khusela Diko on Ndabeni’s censuring

“The nation-wide lockdown calls for absolute compliance on the part of all South Africans. Members of the national executive carry a special responsibility in setting an example to South Africans, who are having to make great sacrifices,” says Ramaphosa.

“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.”

Watch: Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, apologises for breaching lockdown rules

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Set an example Cyril and ARREST her. To be quietly forgotten. above the law as always.

Within the constraints exercised by the ANC Exco, I like that CR has acted
swiftly and against a member of the inner circle. Well done.
CR is becoming the man and president lots have hoped for. Cometh the moment, cometh the man.

France, your standards for a president is very very low.

France, I agree with you. Small steps at a time!

Totally agree, why should she be treated any different from any of us citizens. She should be arrested and pay the fine that was imposed.

This ANC rat should have been arrested and fired with immediate effect!
Also noted old Cyril’s feeble attempt at damage control.

“rat” a little harsh? or only meant figuratively?

“pretty wom(a/e)n” can do anything and get away with it

May I suggest an eye-examination as a matter of urgency.

Pathetic ! Breaks the law and gets a Months paid leave and another month off on no pay: Its almost like a bonus. TOO soft Cyril -should have fired but then the ANC dont fire people just “redeploy” them :
A mistake Cyril : Everyone would have backed you !!

Not to mention having caved to the unions and giving government employees 3.5% to 5.5% INCREASES in times where they are mean to be CUTTING the wage bill.

He’s a speach reader yes.
Backbone no.

Cyril has already sent basically the whole country home for three weeks with no pay for doing absolutely nothing wrong.

Now he’s sending the minister for just a week longer for actually breaking the law.

And a month’s paid stay-at-home-holiday straight after that.

I would take that deal too, put on a sad face , apologise profusely to the nation and the moment I walk out that office break into a smile.

Cyril won’t fire her. She is a very good political organizer. She organizes the ANC campaign in the Eastern Cape and they won.

A slap on the wrist for this half wit. What about the other one, he should have been in jail long ago. Two sets of rules here.

I think I will get my mates around for a braai, have not been out for 2 weeks.

My wife just returned from Spar. The roads, the traffic, the shop all business as usual.

It’s a great pity that her during her apology, her eyes did not ‘connect’ with the viewer much and she read the script devoid of feeling and emotion.
Didn’t buy a word of it…

How come there are township people in jail for the same crime as the Honorable Minister?

The honourable minister was CR’s organizer in the Eastern Cape. The Transkei block voted for him and helped to elect CR. He won’t get rid her. She is way too important politically.

In the rest of the world those who were caught in the act, resigned immediately.

remind me again what she is suppose to do…so far not much delivery…fire her

its not like they do anything any way

When did leading by example stop becoming a essential quality in effective leadership? She should have been removed om her post, or at the least stepped down to demonstrate her true contriteness..

It should be simple – fire her.
It was a simple request, instruction & expectation – and she showed her true colors, by acting outside perimeters. She is not the right person for the job and lost the trust & respect of Saffers. Once you lost the trust and respect – it is time for change.
But i guess… she already got given a month salary and why would the ANC make a responsible move?????

The only thing she’s sorry about is that she was bust…

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