SA Minister Fined R1 000 For Defying Lockdown
Disgraced South African Minister of Communications, Telecommunications and Postal Services, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has paid R1000 admission of guilt fine for violating the country’s stay-at-home order earlier this month.
Ndabeni-Abrahams was subsequently placed on special leave for two months – one month of which will be unpaid by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
A statement issued by National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane read:
Minister of Communications, Telecommunications and Postal Services, Ms Stella NdabeniAbrahams paid an admission of guilt fine of R1000 on 21 April 2020.
Ndabeni – Abrahams was charged with Contravention of Regulation 11 B 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.
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The admission of guilt fine is as per determination by the Senior Magistrate for the Magisterial District of Tswane where the amount of R1000 has been set for the offence of failure to confine oneself to his/her place of residence.
The State alleged that on 5 April 2020, Ndabeni – Abrahams unlawfully and intentionally failed to remain confined in her place of residence by visiting Mr Mduduzi Manana’s place of residence.
The investigations revealed that the visit was not for purposes of rendering essential service or obtaining essential goods, collecting a grant or seeking medical attention as per requirements of the COVID-19 regulations.
The NPA remains committed to delivering justice without fear, favour or prejudice. This penalty should send a message that all citizens are equal in the eyes of the law.