ACCOUNTABILITY AT THE HEART OF TRUST
Article by Khanyi Moshia
President Cyril Ramaphosa along with fellow South African citizens are unimpressed by Communications and Digital Technologies Minister, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams for violating the lockdown regulations by engaging in a casual lunch with colleague, Mduduzi Manana and his family during the lockdown period.
Manana posted a picture of the Minister and his family on Instagram, where he mentions that it was great to host her in his home. The picture has since been deleted as it has caused a lot of outrage, where citizens questioned whether the lockdown regulations were not applicable to members of parliament.
Many people in an attempt to communicate their outrage, turned to social media, moreover twitter and tagged the President, asking why the minister wasn’t arrested for violating the regulations. These questions arose on the cases of ordinary citizens facing arrest for disregarding the movement restriction put into place by the President.
The President expressed his disappointment by voicing that he was not impressed by the Ministers violation of the rules and went on to order Ndabezitha-Abrahams to apologise to him and to the country. President Cyril Ramaphosa went on to place the minister on a special leave of 2 months, in which one month will be unpaid. The President also stated that the law should take its course and everyone should abide by the lockdown regulations, regardless of who they are.
Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams has issued her apology to the President and South African citizens and she aims to abide by the conditions of the leave.
Mr Manana also released a statement where he stated that the Minister came to his home to collect donations to combat the virus, and she got there as his family was having lunch and they asked her to join. He also apologised for posting the picture without any context.