President Cyril Ramaphosa has taken a firm stance against Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, following allegations that Ndabeni-Abrahams breached lockdown regulations by visiting a friend. On Wednesday, Ramaphosa put Ndabeni-Abrahams on special leave and directed her to apologise publicly after a picture of her having a meal at the home of former deputy minister of higher education Mduduzi Manana went viral on social media.The post, which appears to be a screengrab of Manana's Instagram page, shows the two politicians and several others seated at a table.Ramaphosa summoned Ndabeni-Abrahams to a meeting on Tuesday where he expressed his disapproval and told her that she undermined lockdown regulations which required all citizens to stay at home to curb the spread of Covid-19.On Wednesday, Ramaphosa said in a statement that while he accepted Ndabeni-Abrahams' apology, he was "unmoved" by mitigating factors she tendered.Lockdown: Ramaphosa says scientific analysis of whether it is working is expected within days https://t.co/QtlPET62fJ pic.twitter.com/bE1UElqJSV— News24 (@News24) April 8, 2020 As for allegations that Ndabeni-Abrahams breached lockdown regulations, Ramaphosa said the law should take its course.He reprimanded Ndabeni-Abrahams, put her on a special leave for two months, of which one month will be unpaid, and asked her to deliver a public apology.READ | Here’s what SA businesses are doing to survive – from moving pay day to cutting hours"The nationwide lockdown calls for absolute compliance on the part of all South Africans. Members of the national executive carry a special responsibility in setting an example to South Africans, who are having to make great sacrifices."None of us – not least a member of the national executive – should undermine our national effort to save lives in this very serious situation. I am satisfied that Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams appreciates the seriousness of what she has done and that no-one is above the law," Ramaphosa said.While Ndabeni-Abrahams is on special leave, Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu will act in her place.On Tuesday, Manana attempted to set the record straight, saying he and Ndabeni-Abrahams were on essential business during the lunch.READ | Ndabeni-Abrahams' lockdown picture: It was not social lunch, visit was for 'essential business' - MananaHe said Ndabeni-Abrahams had dropped by his private residence to collect gloves, masks and hand sanitisers, which was a donation to students working on "Covid-19 digital services".OPINION | @AdriaanBasson: Ramaphosa's 21-day lockdown conundrumhttps://t.co/Fp2xBcCGWb pic.twitter.com/uaBifs0ZDL— News24 (@News24) April 8, 2020 Manana added the donation was from his foundation and another donation was expected to be made on Wednesday."In hindsight, it was irresponsible to post a picture without giving a clear context and thereby creating the impression that it was a social lunch. For this, I profusely apologise," Manana said.