DD Mabuza ‘tried to warn Mpumalanga Premier’ about missing mask. Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane is in deep trouble, after flouting COVID-19 rules on Sunday. However, it seems the Mpumalanga Premier ignored queues to ‘mask-up’
You know something has gone drastically wrong when David ‘DD’ Mabuza becomes the most responsible person in the room. The Deputy President was an unwitting key player in the drama surrounding the Mpumalanga Premier, after Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane failed to wear a mask during the funeral of Jackson Mthembu.
WATCH: DAVID MABUZA’S DESPERATE ATTEMPTS TO GET THE MPUMALANGA PREMIER TO WEAR HER MASK
Her behaviour has been questioned over the past 24 hours, after she was seen hugging other attendees and interacting with guests, shunning any form of face-covering in the process. This constitutes a criminal act under our tough new lockdown rules, and despite the massive hint dropped by David Mabuza, Mtsweni-Tsipane didn’t clock-on:
— #TheLordOfTheMedia (@samkelemaseko) January 25, 2021
EAGLE-EYED VIEWERS SPOT ‘MASK IN HAND’
Another controversy that emerged yesterday was sparked by the official apology posted by the Mpumalanga Premier. She claimed that her mask had ‘slipped off her face without her knowledge’, after it was damaged. The tall tale hasn’t gone down well with a cynical public – and some viewers even spotted the mask in her hand:
REFILWE MTSWENI-TSIPANE: BHEKI CELE FUMES AT MPUMALANGA PREMIER
The incident has essentially left Bheki Cele spitting feathers. The Police Minister, who prides himself on the tough enforcement of these emergency laws, was absolutely dismayed with the conduct he witnessed on Sunday:
#MpumalangaPremier: I was not aware that the mask fell off my face.
But then she had it on her hand the time DD Mabuza signaled her to put the mask on.#WearAMask
— Botlhe (@botlhe88) January 25, 2021
“If South Africa wants to beat this invisible enemy which is COVID-19, we simply can’t let our guard down. This is why I have spoken to the National Commissioner 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.”
“The wearing of a mask in public is mandatory for every person, under the adjusted alert Level 3 Lockdown regulations. 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.”