Else, more delinquents from the guard will be doing worse than lunch and giggles with their buddies during lockdown, with a reassured arrogance and knowledge that there will be no consequence beyond losing one of their multi-stream incomes.
A longer suspension of Sisi Stella, or even sacking really, should have been an additional administrative sanction to drive home the point of just how serious government is in curbing the spread of the Covid-19. The primary reaction is an arrest and a charge.
It is astonishing that in the president's statement, the last passage boldly states that ".I am satisfied that minister Ndabeni-Abrahams appreciates the seriousness of what she has done and that no-one is above the law."
Erh, no sir, that is not the impression that little slap on the wrist gave. The public apology from the minister is admirable, I bet it will make for a good laugh between Sisi Stella and Bhuti Mdu when they lunch again and reminisce.
There is, however, a more appropriate place for her to wear black couture, minimal make-up, tilt her head slightly to the left and plead for forgiveness.
In the dock! Let her go and apologise before a court, in mitigation and negotiate a fine.