Mpumalanga premier admits guilt, pays fine

South Africa

Johannesburg – Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane has seen the error of her ways and has made a statement of guilt at a police station in eMalahleni, and accepted a fine.

This follows the premier being adamant that she did not break the law when she went to the funeral of late Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu without a mask, on Sunday.

Mtsweni-Tsipane has since apologised to President Cyril Ramaphosa and Deputy President David Mabuza.

She will also purchase a thousand masks to be distributed in eMalahleni, to demonstrate just how remorseful she is.

Under the National Disaster Management Act, a person can be fined up to R1,500 for failing to wear a mask following a warning from a police officer.

Mtsweni-Tsipane will also be isolating for 14 days.

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