Cele calls for investigation into conduct of Mpumalanga Premier after not wearing a mask on national TV

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Minister Cele calls for an investigation into the conduct of Mpumalanga Premier, Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane, who was seen on national TV without a mask at the funeral of the late Jackson Mthembu. 

The matter was brought to the attention of the Minister after many South Africans expressed their concerns on social media.

Cele responded in an official statement: “If South Africa wants to beat this invisible enemy which is COVID-19, we simply can’t let our guard down. This is why I have spoken to the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, General Khehla Sitole to look into the matter of the Premier and an investigation must be conducted, and necessary action must be taken.”

The Minister went on to say that he would like to remind all South Africans that under the adjusted alert level 3 lockdown, the wearing of a mask in public is mandatory for everyone.

Earlier this month, Minister Bheki Cele had noted his concern that 7 455 citizens had been arrested for not wearing a mask in public.

Noncompliance with this regulation will result in a fine or a period of imprisonment.