Ramaphosa Summons Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams Over ‘Lockdown Violation’

New Zealand health minister demoted after beach visit broke lockdown rules

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Minister of DCDT Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams

President Cyril Ramaphosa has summoned communication minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams for a meeting after she was exposed violating the government-imposed lockdown by having lunch with former deputy minister Mduduzi Manana.

Speaking to the media after a visit to Rand Water on Tuesday, Ramaphosa said he had seen the picture of Ndabeni-Abrahams having lunch with Manana.

“I have seen the picture of minister Ndabeni Abrahms sitting at a luncheon with a number of friends and other people, I have asked her to come and see me so she is going to come and see me and I am going to have a discussion with her about the impact of visuals like those on what we are trying to do,” Ramaphosa said on ENCA.

Manana Instagram post, shared on Sunday, has since been deleted.

The caption stated:

“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, required for the effective functioning of our country during lockdown.”

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Also read: New Zealand health minister demoted after beach visit broke lockdown rules

The Guardian reported that New Zealand’s health minister has been demoted after he ignored national lockdown rules and drove his family to a beach 20km from his home.

Last week Dr David Clark was photographed going for a mountain bike ride 2km away from his Dunedin home. He apologised for the incident, saying it showed poor judgment at a time when all New Zealanders were being urged to stay at home and only exercise in their local area.

Now Clark has revealed a further indiscretion, calling himself an “idiot” for deciding to drive his family 20km to the Doctor’s Point beach on the first weekend of lockdown.

Lockdown rules state cars should only be used to purchase essential supplies such as food or medicine, and exercise should be taken in the local area only.


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