COVID-19

Lockdown slapdown: Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams pleads guilty, fined R1 000 for breaking law

By News24 22 April 2020

Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams. Photo: Supplied

Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has pleaded guilty and paid a R1 000 fine for contravening lockdown regulations, the NPA confirmed on Wednesday.

Earlier this month, President Cyril Ramaphosa placed Ndabeni-Abrahams on special leave and directed police to investigate after a picture emerged on social media of her having a meal at the home of former deputy minister of higher education Mduduzi Manana during the national lockdown.

The post, which appears to be a screengrab of Manana’s Instagram page, showed the two politicians and several others seated at a table.

Ramaphosa then summoned Ndabeni-Abrahams to a meeting where he expressed his disapproval and told her she had undermined lockdown regulations which required all citizens to stay at home to curb the spread of Covid-19.

NPA spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane said on Wednesday that the minister had unlawfully and intentionally failed to remain confined in her place of residence by visiting Manana’s home.

“The investigations revealed that the visit was not for purposes of rendering essential service or obtaining essential goods, collecting a grant or seeking medical attention as per requirements of the Covid-19 regulations.”

Mjonondwane confirmed that Ndabeni-Abrahams now had a criminal record.

“The police investigation shows a contradiction in Manana’s and the minister’s earlier explanation for the visit. Manana said Ndabeni-Abrahams had dropped by his private residence to collect gloves, masks and hand sanitisers, which was a donation to students working on Covid-19 digital services,” she said.

Ramaphosa had said that he was unmoved by the “mitigating factors she tendered”.

The NPA said the minister’s penalty should send a message that all citizens were equal in the eyes of the law.

News24

DM

Gallery

"Information pertaining to Covid-19, vaccines, how to control the spread of the virus and potential treatments is ever-changing. Under the South African Disaster Management Act Regulation 11(5)(c) it is prohibited to publish information through any medium with the intention to deceive people on government measures to address COVID-19. We are therefore disabling the comment section on this article in order to protect both the commenting member and ourselves from potential liability. Should you have additional information that you think we should know, please email [email protected]"

SCORPIO

Zweli Mkhize’s son collected bags of Digital Vibes cash, says SIU

By Pieter-Louis Myburgh for Scorpio

Sylvester Stallone speaks the way he does due to a partial paralysis of the face that occurred during his birth.