According to reports, Minister of Communications, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has paid an admission of guilt fine of R1000 on Tuesday for breaking the lockdown regulations.
EWN writes that the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA), Gauteng spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane said in a statement, “Ndabeni-Abrahams was charged with contravention of regulation 11B of the Disaster Management Act and was served with a summons to appear in the Pretoria District Court on 22 May 2020, with an admission of guilt fine of R1000 set.”
She added, “The admission of guilt fine is as per determination by the senior magistrate for the Magisterial District of Tshwane where the amount of R1000 has been set for the offence of failure to confine oneself to his/her place of residence.”
President Ramaphosa put Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams on special leave after a photo, showing the Minister having lunch at the home of Mr. Mduduzi Manana during the lockdown period, went viral on social media.
Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams recorded an apology in which she addressed the President, the National Command Centre and the public of South Africa for breaking the lockdown rules that were put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19.