Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams responds to recent video backlash: “I am at home in line with the lockdown regulations”

Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams. Pictures: Leon Sadiki
Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams. Pictures: Leon Sadiki

Communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams is once again making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Just a few weeks after violating the lockdown rules by visiting a friend and subsequently being reprimanded by President Cyril Ramaphosa, a video clip has emerged showing her celebrating the arrival of a new car.

Responding to social media backlash over the video, Ndabeni-Abrahams has put it on record that the video clip doing the rounds on social media is misleading.

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Taking to Twitter, the minister said the video portrays her as someone who’s yet again breaking the law during lockdown, when the video was taken way before the lockdown started.

“I have noted media reports about a video that is circulated on a number of social media platforms including but [not] limited to WhatsApp groups and Twitter purporting to show me celebrating the arrival of a new car during the lockdown period,” she said.

“For the record, I would like to point out that this video was shot a year ago after elections. It is unfortunate that some media houses have published this video without verifying the facts around it,” she tweeted.

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She said she’s currently obeying the law and sticking to the rules and regulations of the lockdown.

“I am at home in line with the lockdown regulations which require citizens to remain at home and observe social distancing rules,” she explained.

See her response here:

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