President Cyril Ramaphosacknowledges that he has seen the picture of Communication Minister, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams sitting at a luncheon with a number of friends.
Ramaphosa said that he has asked Communication Minister, Stella Ndabeni Abrahams to come to see him. ” She is going to come and see me and I am going to have a discussion with her about the impact of visuals like those on what we are trying to do. We are trying to instill a clear message to all our people that social distance is important. Let us stay at home. Let us not be going around with visitations and if you have to, it must be work-related. Like now I have come here for a job-related visit to come and inspect what we are doing, after this, I am going straight home. I am not going to my sister’s home, I am not going to any relatives home. I am going straight home because this is how the lockdown provisions should be all about, so yes I will be having a discussion with the Minister”, said President Cyril Ramaphosa.
#LockdownSA [WATCH] Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams seemingly in hot water. President Cyril Ramaphosa has asked for a meeting with her to explain a picture that went viral showing her DINING at the home of ANC NEC member Mdu Manana.#sabcnews pic.twitter.com/tUQtcf9ZQ8
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Former South African Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mduduzi Manana posted on his official Instagram account a picture of him having lunch with Communication Minister, Stella Ndabeni Abrahams with a caption that read as follows, ‘It was great to host a former colleague and dear friend Cde Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams (Minijster of Communications and Digital Technologies) on her way back from executing critical and essential services required for the effective functioning of our country during the nationwide lockdown’. The image went viral with people asking if government officials are exempt from the rules of the lockdown. The post has since been taken down.