Manana apologises for posting lunch photo

The president has summoned Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Former Deputy Minister of Higher Education Mduduzi Manana denied breaking lockdown conditions by having a social gathering with Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.

In a media statement released on Tuesday afternoon, Manana said the minister was collecting personal protective equipment for students at his home on Sunday.

READ: Ramaphosa summons Ndabeni-Abrahams over lunch photo

Ndabeni-Abrahams was reportedly visiting a site in Fourways where students are working on COVID-19 Digital Services to fetch personal protective equipment and was invited to join the Manana family for lunch.

Manana apologised for posting a photograph of the meeting.

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"It was irresponsible to post a picture without giving clear context and thereby creating the impression that it was a social lunch. For this, I profusely apologise," the statement read.

Social media users were outraged when Manana posted the picture of the two not observing lockdown regulations.  

The post has since been taken down.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has summoned Ndabeni-Abrahams to explain herself.

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