Monday, January 25, 2021

Investigation launched into Mpumalanga Premier not wearing a mask in public

Police Minister, Bheki Cele, has asked for an investigation into the conduct of Mpumalanga Premier, Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane, who was spotted on national TV not wearing a mask at the funeral of Jackson Mthembu in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga on Sunday.

Cele says the matter was brought to his attention from various corners of society.

“If South Africa wants to beat this invisible enemy which is COVID-19, we simply can’t let down our guard down. This is why I have spoken to the National Commisioner of the South African Police Service, General Khehla Sitole to look into the matter of the Premier and an investigation must be conducted, and necessary action must be taken,” says Cele.

“Any person who fails to comply with a verbal instruction by a law enforcement officer, to wear a mask, commits an offence, and is, upon conviction, liable to a fine or a period of imprisonment, not exceeding six months or both,” warns the Minister.

In a statement, the Mpumalanga Premier claimed that her mask was damaged and somehow fell off without her realising that she was not wearing her mask.

“Upon arrival at the cemetery and disembarking from her vehicle, the Premier’s mask was damaged, and the Premier was oblivious of the fact that it had fallen off. The Premier was of the belief that the mask was intact as had been the case throughout the proceedings.’’

‘’The Premier’s aides promptly sought a replacement mask which the Premier utilized for the rest of the proceedings,” reads the statement.

The Premier has since apologised, and reitersed the importance of mask-wearing.

‘’Mtsweni-Tsipane extends an apology for that momentary lapse, where her mask fell without her being aware of it. We emphasise the importance of adhering to the COVID-19 regulations, and urge people to wear masks constantly.”



Courtesy: Twitter - Khaya Sithole
Mpumalanga Premier seen not wearing a mask.


 

Done By: Mitchum George

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