President Cyril Ramaphosa has placed Communications Minister,  Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, on special leave, for breaking the lockdown rules.

Ramaphosa says Ndabeni-Abrahams will be on leave for 2 months, 1 month of which will be unpaid.

This follows her visit to her friend and former deputy minister, Mduduzi Manana.

A picture of Ndabeni-Abrahams eating lunch has gone viral, and people called for the President to take steps against her.

The President directed her to deliver a public apology to the nation.

Presidency spokesperson, Khusela Diko, says the lockdown calls for absolute compliance by all South Africans.

Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu will act in her position.

Meanwhile Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, has apologised for breaking the lockdown rules.

In a video recorded, the Minister says  she regrets breaking lockdown regulations and has apologised to the nation and President Cyril Ramaphosa for her actions.

Ndabeni-Abrahams, added that  from now on she’ll abide by all regulations set to curb the spread of the coronavirus