Eff Opens Criminal Case Against Ndabeni-Abrahams Despite An Apology

“Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams must be removed from Cabinet if the integrity of this national lockdown is to be maintained and the rule of law is to be taken seriously.”

Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams/ picture from IOL

The political party EFF has opened a criminal case against Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams despite an apology, there has been a mixed bag of reactions by political parties to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s suspension of Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams on Wednesday.

Ndabeni-Abrahams has been expelled for two months, with one month without an income, after a picture of her speculated on social media visiting former deputy higher education minister Mduduzi Manana during the national lockdown.

The EFF has reacted by opening a criminal case against her for defying the lockdown rules, while the African National Congress has approved the President’s decision.

Nevertheless, despite the apology the minister made, parties want more measures to be taken against her for defying national lockdown rules.

The Eff’s Delisile Ngwenya wants her removed.

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“Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams must be removed from Cabinet if the integrity of this national lockdown is to be maintained and the rule of law is to be taken seriously.”

However, the African National Congres has approved Ramaphosa’s decision and alerted its party not to follow Ndabeni- Abrahams’s behavior.

The Democratic Alliance said the president’s speech that he had condemned the communications ministers was better than nothing.

On Wednesday, the party said it understood the minister’s apology but added it was a bit too late and the damage was already done.

The President acted fast in placing the minister on special leave for two months, one of which will be no income.

But the DA’s Phumzile van Damme said they were concerned about her actions that they might result in disobedience by the public.

Should Ramaphosa fail to lay a criminal charge against Ndabeni-Abrahams, he should try to make sure the police would act, she added.

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“We believe that the President should be the one to lay a criminal complaint against Ndabeni-Abrahams in order to send a message that it is important to stay home, and any lawlessness will not be tolerated.”

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) spokesperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa said this was not the time for policy and agreed with the president’s “swift intervention” in reprimanding the wayward minister. Ndabeni-Abrahams has pleaded for forgiveness after admitting to defying the government’s national lockdown rules.

“I regret the incident and am deeply sorry for my actions. I hope that the president and you South Africans will find it in your hearts to forgive me. The president has put me on special leave. I undertake to abide by the conditions of the leave.”

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