Johannesburg – President Cyril Ramaphosa has summoned Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams to a meeting where she is expected to explain why she had apparently not adhered to the nationwide lockdown by having lunch at former deputy minister Mduduzi Manana’s house.
The caption of the pictures read: “It was great to host a former colleague and dear sister Cde Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams on her way back from executing critical and essential services”.
Government has called on citizens to stay home, called on people to practise social distancing and to constantly wash hands with soap and/or hand sanitizer.
The lockdown was accompanied by a string of regulations that limited people’s movements. Citizens would be expected to stay at home and only leave their homes only for essential services, such as buying of food or providing essential service. The minister is part of Ramaphosa’s National Coronavirus Command Council.
Ramaphosa said on Tuesday afternoon while visiting the human settlements, water and sanitation Covid-19 command centre at Rand Water in Joburg, that he had seen the image of Ndabeni-Abrahams. He said he had told the minister to “come to see me” and will discuss his concerns with her.
“I will have a discussion with her about the impact of such visuals on the lockdown regulations,” he said.
The president said citizens had been encouraged to stay home and follow lockdown regulations. He said he was also adhering to the regulations as he was going straight home after visiting the command centre.