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Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams faces criminal charges over lockdown lunch with Mduduzi Manana

The EFF laid charges against Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams for her violation of the national disaster regulations by visiting Mduduzi Manana for lunch.

2020-04-09 08:27:00 AM

Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams will have to face criminal charges in the wake of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to place her on two months’ special leave. lockdown

The EFF laid charges against Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams for her violation of the national disaster regulations by visiting Mduduzi Manana for lunch.

EmailJohannesburg - Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams will have to face criminal charges in the wake of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to place her on two months’ special leave. The EFF on Wednesday laid the charges against Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams at the Douglasdale police station in Sandton for her violation of the national disaster regulations by visiting the former deputy minister of higher education, Mduduzi Manana, for lunch at his Fourways home on Sunday.

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Some of the country’s opposition political parties have slammed the decision to place her on two months’ special leave as a slap on the wrist, and called for her to be sacked.Ndabeni-Abrahams will go down in history as the first Cabinet minister in democratic South Africa to be suspended from office for a transgression.

Manana posted a photo of the lunch on his Instagram account, but later deleted it after a public backlash.Manana’s post was captioned: “It was great to host a former colleague and dear sister, Comrade Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams (Minister 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.”

On Tuesday, Ramaphosa said that she had been summoned to a meeting to explain her actions, and on Wednesday morning the Presidency announced that Ramaphosa had placed Ndabeni- Abrahams on special leave for two months with one month unpaid, while ordering her to apologise to South Africans for breaking the law.

Ndabeni-Abrahams apologised in a video on Wednesday in which she said she was deeply sorry, and hoped the country and Ramaphosa would find it in their hearts to forgive her.“South Africans, I would like to convey an apology to President Cyril Ramaphosa, the national command centre, and South African society at large for breaching lockdown regulations put in place to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. “I regret the incident, and I am deeply sorry for my actions. I hope the president and you South Africans will find it in your hearts to forgive me,” Ndabeni-Abrahams said in the video.

But some political parties, including the DA and EFF, felt Ramaphosa’s action against Ndabeni- Abrahams was too soft and advocated for her removal from the Cabinet.The EFF’s spokesperson, Vuyani Pambo, who laid the criminal charges against Ndabeni-Abrahams and Manana, said the two months’ special leave imposed on Ndabeni-Abrahams was “nonsensical”, and suggested that ministers and members of the executive thought they were above the law.

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RaphaelCryptos must fire Mbalula now Nobody should be above the law. She should be taught a lesson she probably thought she was immuned to, if an ordinary guy can be arrested for breaking the Lockdown regulation and so should she. The rule of law applies to all persons in SA The minister is an unpopular individual and it is certainly of her own making However I see the standard South African hysterical response to her no doubt unthinking call on friends

I'm consulting my lawyers . Well known corrupt ANC response Long neck Isn't she arrested yet , this justice system is definitely failing us as South Africans 😓 kusazoshuba She must also do push ups and roll down the street Good for this Thumamina Brat 🤣

Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams placed on two months' special leave, one unpaid, after lockdown lunchPresident 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. Mxim Well done CyrilRamaphosa , you've made our task of explaining to fellow SAcans why they must respect 21daysLockdownSA easy. Will the salary be declared as a fine for contravention of lockdown regulations?

President censures Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams for lockdown lunch | The PresidencyNot good enough! She should be fired. And all of cabinet should be on 50% pay. Thus leadership, thank u Mr President. The thing about one politician trying to lie to another politician is that both are very skilled in the art and can spot a lie.

Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams placed on special leaveMinister of Communications Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has been placed on special leave for two months. Not arrested kanti? 😬Twitter can make you....and can also destroy yuh😫 Lawbreakers must go to jail

Lockdown: Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams apologises to SAMinister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has apologised for breaching the lockdown regulations. The punishment is still not enough....our vulnerable people of S.A are taken for a ride... And resigned Mr President what u do in right hand please do it in left hand 🙉🙉🙉

WATCH: Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams begs South Africans to forgive her for breaking lockdown rulesNdabeni-Abrahams said she was deeply sorry for her actions and hoped that South Africans and President Cyril Ramaphosa would forgive her for her actions. Day13of Lockdown The Law should be allowed to take its course. She must be held accountable like the rest of the sa citizens that hit arrested. She is NOT above the Law. Fokof TheMercurySA Tell that to the South Africans who were ARRESTED for the exact same thing. He can forgive her all he wants but I'm sure they won't.

Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams: Her past controversies and how she survivedStella Ndabeni-Abrahams, the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, who was on Wednesday placed on two-month suspension by President Cyril Ramaphosa for violating the 21 days lockdown regulations is no stranger to controversy. Political reporter Sihle Mavuso revisits her checkered past. Is this really necessary Can we get her, Cele, the whole EFF exco, Mr Fix -fokol, Zuma and Ace in adjacent cells pls? This was not necessary🤣🤣 But thanks for sharing Stella's unpleasant record in S.A politics