SA minister pleads guilty to breaking lockdown

SA minister pleads guilty to breaking lockdown

South Africa’s Communication Minister Stella Ndabeni has admitted to failing to follow the lockdown rules and has paid a 1,000 rand ($53;£42) fine as ordered by the senior magistrate in the Tshwane district court.

The National Prosecuting Authority’s Phindi Mjonondwane said the minister’s court case proves that all citizens are equal and no-one should break the law.

The minister was pictured at a former colleague’s house having lunch during an ongoing lockdown aimed at reducing the spread of coronavirus.

The minister was summoned by President Cyril Ramaphosa and was placed on two months special leave.

She later apologised publicly for undermining lockdown rules.

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