KwaZulu-Natal health MEC Nomagugu Simelane has apologised for a party at which Covid-19 protocols were not followed. File picture.
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KwaZulu-Natal health MEC Nomagugu Simelane has officially apologised after a birthday party thrown for her breached lockdown laws.

KZN premier Sihle Zikalala had ordered Simelane to say sorry after TimesLIVE published a video and photos of the MEC partying up a storm with friends on her birthday, where there was no social distancing or wearing of masks.  

Zikalala said Simelane would be fined 50% of her salary.

On Thursday evening, Simelane officially said sorry.

“As directed by the premier of KwaZulu-Natal, I, Nomagugu Simelane, hereby wish to tender a public apology for having being less than ethical or exemplary in my conduct, as has been found by the premier.

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“I respect all of the premier's utterances and sanctions without reservation and will, henceforth, abide by them fully as I am fully aware of the responsibility that I hold as well as the purpose and intention of the Covid-19 regulations.

“As we remain confronted by the third wave of Covid-19— 19 infections, it is time for us not to be deterred; but to instead unite, strengthen our systems, and fight even harder than before, to save as many lives as possible,” she said.


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