WATCH: 'Ramaphosa was supposed to fire Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams'

President Cyril Ramaphosa has placed Communications Minister, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, on 2 months special leave. One month will be unpaid. It comes after a picture on social media showed the Minister having lunch at former deputy Minister, Mduduzi Manana's home. This was a violation of lockdown regulations. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa has placed Communications Minister, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, on two months special leave.

One month will be unpaid.

It comes after a picture on social media showing the minister having lunch at former deputy Minister, Mduduzi Manana's home.

This was a violation of lockdown regulations.

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Mazwe Majola of the World Institute of Leadership and Development says the suspension is not enough.

“We commend him for the decision he has made but I don't think it's not commensurate with the deed the minister has done. For placing Stella [Ndabeni-Abrahams] on leave for two-months is not adequate. The President was supposed to be strong and send a clear and very strong to his comrades and to the nation as well,” Majola said.

“He was supposed to fire the minister. It was a slap on the wrist. It was a very weak and soft decision he made,” he added.

Ramaphosa summoned the Minister to explain her actions.

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The president accepted the minister's apology for the violation but was unmoved by her explanation.

Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, will act in Ndabeni-Abrahams' position.

She has publicly apologise to the nation.

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