Nelspruit – Mpumalanga Premier,  Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane, has issued a public apology regarding her recent conduct at the funeral of the late Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu. The Premier arrived at the Pretoria Memorial Park Cemetery without wearing a mask.

In a public apology statement issued by the Office of the Premier, she claims that her mask was damaged and she was “oblivious” that her mask had fallen off. The office says that the Premier was of the belief that her mask was still intact as it had been the case throughout the funeral proceedings.

Social media criticized the Premier, including the African National Congress, with some suggesting that since she was not arrested like other citizens who are arrested for non-compliance in terms of wearing masks, the situation reflected George Orwell’s “Animal Farm”.

In a statement, her office said the Premier’s aides promptly sought a replacement mask which the Premier utilized for the rest of the proceedings.

“The Premier has extended an apology to the people of Mpumalanga for that momentary lapse wherein her mask fell without her being aware or conscious of it.”

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