Mpumalanga premier admits guilt, pays fine after failing to wear mask at funeral

By IOL Reporter 20m in the past

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DURBAN – Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtsweni has deposited a press release of guilt at the Vosman Police Station in Emalahleni after she was known as out for not carrying a mask throughout a funeral service at the weekend.

Mtsweni has additional written a letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa, expressing her remorse of the state of affairs, purchased 1000 masks to be distributed in Emalahleni and can go into isolation for 2 weeks.

In a press release issued by her office, Mtsweni acknowledged that as a public determine, she ought to have identified higher. She added that she has accepted the required fine related to failing to wear a mask.

“I wish to take this opportunity once again apologise to His Excellency, President Cyril Ramaphosa, the Deputy President of the Republic Mr David Mabuza, the Mthembu family, the people of Mpumalanga and the rest of the country,” she mentioned.

Mtsweni confronted large backlash on social media after she was seen with out a face mask at the in the course of the official funeral of Minister within the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, on Sunday.

The outcry of the Premier’s failure to wear a mask whereas the nation was at present in a second wave of the coronavirus prompted Police Minister Bheki Cele to order a probe into her behaviour.

“The wearing of masks in public is a non-negotiable. If South Africa wants to beat this invisible enemy which is Covid-19, we simply can’t let down our guard down,” Cele mentioned.

He added that he had spoken to the nationwide commissioner of the South African Police Service General Khehla Sitole to look into the matter of the premier and an investigation have to be carried out and vital motion have to be taken.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance is asking on Cele to arrest Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtsweni.

In a tweet posted on Monday, the DA mentioned, “It is ridiculous that Bheki Cele has called for an investigation into the Mpumalanga Premier’s failure to wear a mask. Had this been an ordinary citizen, they would have already been arrested without investigation. NO to preferential treatment for cadres!”


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