Who is Mpumalanga Premier? Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane, Not wearing mask, Wiki, Biography, Age, Net Worth, Family, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

Who is Mpumalanga Premier? Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane, Not wearing mask, Wiki, Bio

Mpumalanga premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane says she has paid an admission of guilt fee and will be donating 1000 masks to Emalahleni residents following backlash over her not wearing a mask during the funeral service of the late minister in the presidency Jackson Mthembu on Sunday.

Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane, Not wearing mask

Mtshweni-Tsipane ignited a furore when she appeared publicly not wearing a mask, smiling and giving hugs to mourners as she strolled out of the cemetery where Mthembu was laid to rest.

Oppositions Reaction

Her actions have led to opposition parties calling for her arrest and subsequent discipline.

“I have noted social media and media reports revealing moments where I was walking around without a mask. I have since reflected deeply on this momentary lapse, which I regret profusely. 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.” said Mtshweni-Tsipane on Monday afternoon.

“I should have known better as a public figure and more so attending a Covid-19 funeral. To this effect, I have deposited a statement of guilt at the Vosman Police Station in Emalahleni where I accepted the necessary fine. Case number 314/01/2021.” said Mtshweni-Tsipane.

She said she had also written to President Cyril Ramaphosa expressing her regret.

“I have also written a letter to the president of the republic expressing my regret of the situation. To further demonstrate my remorse, I have bought a 1000 masks that will be distributed in Emalahleni as part of public education and awareness campaign to demonstrate the serious nature of COVID-19,” she said.

Mtshweni-Tsipane also sent condolences to all families that have lost their loved ones due to COVID-19.

“I have also taken a decision to go into isolation for a period of 14 days,” said Mtshweni-Tsipane.

State security deputy minister Zizi Kodwa has called out Mpumalanga premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane for not wearing a mask at the funeral of late minister in the presidency Jackson Mthembu.

Kodwa said the premier’s actions were an insult to Mthembu’s memory, as he had encouraged people to adhere to government’s Covid-19 regulations.

Kodwa was speaking at a virtual memorial service that the ANC organised for Mthembu on Monday. He paid tribute to Mthembu, saying he had been his mentor in communication. He described him as a man who told the truth even when it did not suit the ANC.

“That is why today we would have failed his legacy if we were to beat around the bush about the very unacceptable behaviour of the premier of Mpumalanga, ironically during Jackson Mthembu’s send-off yesterday, when she disregarded the regulations on wearing masks to combat the spread of Covid-19,” said Kodwa.

He said he would have “failed” if he didn’t tell the truth — “even when it was in fact a bitter pill to swallow even in the ANC”.

He said what had been painful for many people who followed the funeral on TV was that Mthembu had not only been at the forefront of advocating the importance of adhering to the Covid-19 regulations but had also ironically succumbed to the disease.

“Therefore, for someone to actually parade the opposite with regards wearing masks at his solemn send-off was an insult to his memory. The news today is not about celebrating the life of Jackson, they are talking about this avoidable incident,” said Kodwa.

Police minister Bheki Cele has called on the police to investigate Mtsweni-Tsipane’s actions. Wearing a face mask in public is mandatory under the adjusted alert level 3 regulations.

“If SA wants to beat this invisible enemy which is Covid, we simply can’t let our guard down. This is why I have spoken to the national commissioner of the SA Police Service, Gen Khehla Sitole, to look into the matter of the premier and an investigation must be conducted and necessary action must be taken,” said Cele on Sunday.

Any person who fails to comply with a verbal instruction by a law-enforcement officer to wear a mask commits an offence and could be fined or jailed for up to six months, or both.

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