Following a series of complaints by general public on social media, regarding the behavior of Mpumalanga Premier who attended the late Jackson Mthembu’s funeral and was clearly seen without a mask.
Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane handed herself over to the police and admitted guilt for contravening the lockdown regulations by not wearing a mask in public.
In a statement released on Monday evening, Mtsweni-Tsipane said: “To this effect, I have made a statement of guilt at the Vosman Police Station in Emalahleni and where I accepted the necessary fine.”
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.
“To further demonstrate my remorse, I have bought a 1,000 masks that will be distributed in Emalahleni as part of public education and awareness campaign to demonstrate the serious nature of COVID-19.” Mtsweni-Tsipane said.
The Mpumalanga Premier will also be isolating for 14 days, following her unwanted behavior.