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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday placed on special leave a minister seen lunching at a friend’s house in violation of the coronavirus lockdown.

Ramaphosa has ordered a three-week national lockdown to try to break the virus, which has infected 1,749 people, killing 13 of them, according to an official tally.

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a picture posted on Instagram on Sunday showed Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams having lunch with five other people at the home of a former deputy minister earlier that day.

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“President Ramaphosa has placed the Minister on special leave for two months,” the presidency said in a statement.

Ramaphosa has “accepted the minister’s apology for the violation but was unmoved by mitigating factors she tendered,” it said.

“The nation-wide lockdown calls for absolute compliance on the part of all South Africans,” Ramaphosa was quoted as saying.

“None of us -– not least a member of the national executive -– should undermine our national effort to save lives in this very serious situation,” said Ramaphosa. “No-one is above the law.”

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A month, just two days into the lockdown, Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu was forced to issue an apology after she posted a video on her Instagram account, joking about how she was struggling to stay home.

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5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Chukwuemeka emyvalzuma@gmail.com

    April 8, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    That one is their business oo

  2. Chukwuemeka emyvalzuma@gmail.com

    April 8, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    She should be jailed not sent on leave

  3. David Elobisi

    April 9, 2020 at 7:54 am

    Such injudicious act should not be tolerated, and therefore should be punished

  4. Dorcas Babalola

    May 2, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    No one is bigger than punishment

  5. Dorcas Babalola

    May 4, 2020 at 2:53 am

    Stay safe

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