eNCA news anchors, Xoli Mngabi and Jane Dutton have issued a public apology after sharing their personal views on the role of Cogta Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in reinforcing the cigarette ban.
Following the announcement by Minister Dlamini-Zuma that the cigarette ban will be maintained, Mngabi and Dutton reported that Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was controlling the country’s narrative.
The pair reported that Minister Dlamini-Zuma used her power and influence to ensure that the ban on cigarette sales would continue under level 4 lockdown.
President Cyril Ramaphosa had earlier made an announcement to the effect that the ban on cigarette sales would be lifted under level 4 lockdown, however a decision was made to maintain the ban.
Ramaphosa in his weekly letter to the nation clarified that the decision to maintain the ban on tobacco was a collective decision.
In their apology Mngabi and Dutton said they made an unfortunate judgement on both president Ramaphosa and minister Dlamini-Zuma.
“… it was around the debacle on the cigarette ban, singling her out on the decision as if it were her own, was unfair and unwarranted,” Dutton said.
“When we say things on this platform we always have you in mind- the viewer, we have earned your trust and we are not about to disappoint you now,”
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Yesterday, @XoliMngambi and @JaneDutton made an unfortunate judgment call on President Cyril Ramaphosa and Cogta Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma around the debacle on the cigarette ban. Here’s their apology. #DStv403 pic.twitter.com/tMNNWHVhyC
— eNCA (@eNCA) May 5, 2020