Ndabeni-Abrahams placed on special leave and ordered to issue public apology
This comes after a picture of Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams emerged online, showing her having lunch with Mduduzi Manana, a former deputy minister, during the lockdown.
Ramaphosa says the law should take its course regarding allegations that she violated the lockdown regulations.
In a statement released by the Presidency, Ramaphosa expressed his disapproval of the minister's actions.
He says he met with Ndabeni-Abrahams on Tuesday but was not satisfied with her explanation for the violation.
"The President accepted the Minister’s apology for the violation but was unmoved by mitigating factors she tendered", the statement reads.
The president says that her actions undermined the requirement that all citizens stay at home during the lockdown.
Ndabeni-Abrahams has been ordered to issue a public apology to South Africans for violating the regulations.
While she is on special leave for two months, Minister in The Presidency Jackson Mthembu will act in Ndabeni-Abrahams’ position.
On Tuesday, Manana issued a statement in an attempt to clarify the reason for Ndabeni-Abrahams' visit.
Manana claimed the minister stopped by to collect personal protective equipment when she joined his family for lunch.
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