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Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams. Image via: flickr

EFF intervention means Ndabeni-Abrahams will face criminal charges

There’s no such thing as a “free lunch”, but as Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams and Mduduzi Manana have learned, you can get one that costs you almost everything.

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Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams. Image via: flickr

It’s been a whirlwind 24 hours for Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams. Reprimanded by the president and suspended from her role as communications minister, she will now have criminal charges to answer to. The EFF are set to open a case against the Cabinet member, and her lockdown-flouting friend Mduduzi Manana.

The pair – thick as thieves when an Instagram post of their social luncheon was shared online – have been chastised by both the government and the South African public. No citizen is allowed to leave the house for anything other than an essential journey. A meal at a friend’s house certainly does not fall into this category.

Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, Mduduzi Manana to face criminal case

After a flimsy excuse from Manana, Ndabeni-Abrahams has since issued a full apology. But it won’t be enough to save her from recrimination. The EFF are heading to Douglasdale Police Station on Wednesday, to file a case against the ANC members for “breaching lockdown regulations”:

“EFF National Spokesperson Vuyani Pambo will be laying criminal charges against Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, and Mduduzi Manana, for breaching lockdown regulations as stipulated by government. This will be done at Douglasdale Police Station, Sandton.”

EFF spokesperson Vuyani Pambo

EFF lash out at misbehaving minister

The party also released an earlier statement, which outlines their bellicose views on the matter. As well as pushing for criminal charges, the EFF wants Ndabeni-Abrahams removed from the Cabinet altogether. A simple ‘suspension’ won’t cut the mustard, and the Red Berets believe that:

  • The minister’s two-month ban is “non-sensical”, and undermines the proper laws of lockdown.
  • Ndabeni-Abrahams losing just a month’s salary “mocks the national effort”, and doesn’t go far enough as a punishment.
  • Mduduzi Manana, who claimed to have a stockpile of masks and hand sanitisers, must also be probed.
  • The minister’s decision to meet with Manana is “the first step on the dark road towards corruption”.