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.
So Premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane failed to follow a simple rule
Wearing of mask at public place pic.twitter.com/IbbKco1lvp
— MOLAMU🇿🇦 (@molamu_moima) January 24, 2021
This is Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane, Premier of Mpumalanga who claims that she wasn’t aware that her mask ‘fell off’.
Bheki Cele was all over the news recently singing praises relating to arrests of people for not wearing masks.
Animal farm le! pic.twitter.com/D1jKJ0of6v
— Tumi Sole (@tumisole) January 24, 2021
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.