BMW Video is ‘Old and Malicious’, Says Ndabeni-Abrahams

“I humbly call on all involved — whether in raising their opinions or circulating it — to avoid the temptation of sensationalism without first verifying the facts.”

Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams
Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams

Suspended communications and digital technologies minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams says a video shared on social media of her dancing next to a new car is “old, malicious and mischievous.”

The video, in which Ndabeni-Abrahams is seen singing and dancing next to a brand new black BMW, has angered Twitter users.

“It is malicious and mischievous to portray me as a person with no remorse and insensitively displaying opulence at the face of the poor,” says Ndabeni-Abrahams.

“I humbly call on all involved — whether in raising their opinions or circulating it — to avoid the temptation of sensationalism without first verifying the facts.”

She said the video was shot a year ago after elections.

Earlier this month, President Cyril Ramaphosa placed Ndabeni-Abrahams on special leave for two months – one month of which would be unpaid, after a photo of her having lunch with the former deputy minister of higher education Mduduzi Manana at his home during the lockdown.

She also paid admission of a guilty fine of R1,000 after being charged with contravention of regulation 11 B of the Disaster Management Act.

The minister now has a criminal record.

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