Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu has apologised for a video posted on social media showing her out in a public area and complaining about having to stay at home during the coronavirus outbreak.
The video has since gone viral;, with many social media users condemning her.
This calls for immediate dismissal of Minister Lindiwe Zulu, totally unacceptable. https://t.co/q24C2sQLQK
— Nthabeleng Likotsi (@MissNthabeleng) March 21, 2020
Nothing is more devastating than this incompetent, divided & delinquent Ramaphosa Cabinet. How can a cabinet minister post such nonsense? #ArrestLindiweZulu pic.twitter.com/iJpdgCYbmz
— Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (@MbuyiseniNdlozi) March 21, 2020
In this video below, the public reacts to Minister Lindiwe Zulu coronavirus video:
In a statement, Zulu says while she is frustrated with the current situation, she was not trying to undermine the severity of the pandemic.
Reiterating her commitment to the guidelines and safety precautions as declared by President Cyril Ramaphosa, Zulu says South Africans should do all they can to beat the virus and bring the economy back to sustainability.
“I, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, Minister of Social Development, have noted the comments around the video posted on my Instagram page where I stated that the ‘the virus must go away’ and that I was having a hard time staying at home,” says Zulu.
In the video below, Minister Lindiwe Zulu apologises for the coronavirus Instagram post:
“I wish to mention that together with all South Africans, I am also frustrated with our current situation and how this epidemic continues to cripple our economy and our social system.
“My statement does not in anyway seem to undermine the severity of the virus. I wish to reiterate my commitment to the guidelines and safety precautions as prescribed by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
“I, hereby, wish to apologise to South Africa for this video. As the President and my other Minister colleagues have said, we should not panic but should understand the severity of the situation and we have to do all we can to beat this virus and bring our economy back to sustainability,” adds Zulu.
According to the Department of Health’s latest update South Africa now has 240 confirmed cases in total.