Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has appealed to South Africans to "find it in your hearts to forgive me" for having lunch at a friend's house during a nationwide lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus.Her apology followed a directive from President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday.The news of the lunch broke when a picture of Ndabeni-Abrahams having lunch with former deputy minister of higher education Mduduzi Manana at his home went viral on social media. In the picture, the two are seated at a table along with other people.The president then summoned her to a meeting to discuss the issue and put her on special leave for two months, docking one month's pay.In a video on Wednesday, Ndabeni-Abrahams apologised to Ramaphosa and all South Africans.READ | Hundreds of Post Offices remain open during lockdown – but you won’t be getting any mail"Fellow South Africans, I would like to convey an apology to President Cyril Ramaphosa, the national command centre [and] the South African society at large for breaching lockdown rules put in place to curb the spread of Covid-19," Ndabeni-Abrahams said in the video."I met with the president yesterday (Tuesday) after a photo was circulated on social media, showing myself at the home of Mr Mduduzi Manana during the lockdown and social distancing period," Ndabeni-Abrahams said.She added that she regretted her actions."I regret the incident and I am deeply sorry for my actions. I hope the president and you, South Africans, will find it in your hearts to forgive me."She said would abide by Ramaphosa's directives.OPINION | @AdriaanBasson: Ramaphosa's 21-day lockdown conundrumhttps://t.co/Fp2xBcCGWb pic.twitter.com/uaBifs0ZDL— News24 (@News24) April 8, 2020 "The president has put me on special leave. I undertake to abide by the conditions of the leave," she said.Ndabeni-Abrahams also took the opportunity to reiterate Ramaphosa's call for all South Africans to stay at home and observe lockdown regulations."They are a necessary intervention to curb the spread of a virus that has devastated many nations," she said.