South Africa: While Cabinet Minister Gets a 'Slap On the Wrist', Homeless Are Shot At for Trying to Leave Unsafe Camp

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has reprimanded and punished communications and digital technologies minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams for violating lockdown regulations.

She has been placed on special leave for two months, one without pay, and has been made to publicly apologise after a picture was posted on social media showing her having lunch at the home of former deputy higher education and training minister Mduduzi Manana.

Failure to stay at home earns a first-time offender a fine of R1,500, writes Greg Nicolson. Opposition politicians are calling for Ndabeni-Abrahams to be charged, and the president seems to agree that "the law should be allowed to take its course".

While Ndabeni-Abrahams gets a "slap on the wrist", homeless people are being shot at with rubber bullets for protesting and trying to leave a tented camp where they have not been provided with necessities such as food or medical treatment.

Since Sunday, hundreds of homeless...

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