President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa has put the country’s communication minister on a two-month “special leave” for flouting the lockdown order he declared on the country to curb the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, the concerned minister, was pictured having a meal with a former cabinet colleague, an action that riled South Africans on social media.
In a statement published by his media office, President Ramaphosa announced that Ndabeni-Abrahams is suspended for two months, of which one month is unpaid as a punishment for her action.
”President Cyril Ramaphosa has placed Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Ms. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams on special leave for two months – one month of which will be unpaid.
“The nation-wide lockdown calls for absolute compliance on the part of all South Africans. Members of the National Executive carry a special responsibility in setting an example to South Africans, who are having to make great sacrifices,” the statement read.
Ramaphosa also asked Ndabeni-Abrahams to deliver a public apology to the nation.
In a video posted on social media, said she regretted the action and is sorry for violating the lockdown.
South Africa has 1,749 confirmed COVID-19 cases so far, with 13 deaths, and 95 recoveries, according to figures compiled by the U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.