KZN Health MEC addresses allegations related to surprise birthday lunch

KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Ms Nomagugu Simelane has noted allegations pertaining to a surprise birthday lunch which was held yesterday, and wishes to state the facts as follows:

The MEC accepted an invitation to a purported meeting, which turned out to be a surprise lunch for her birthday.

This lunch took place at a private venue, and was organised and attended by close family and friends of the MEC.

Upon her arrival, the MEC first expressed her surprise and noted that there was adequate social distancing. She then personally conducted a headcount of those who were in attendance, which showed that there were 36 people on site.

She went on to encourage those in attendance to adhere to social distancing and constantly use the hand sanitizer that was freely available at the venue.

There were two main tables at this sizeable and well-ventilated venue, with some of the attendees opting to be seated at the veranda.

There was a time during a brief musical performance where the guests stood up and danced, unfortunately without wearing their masks, as they were still in the process of eating.

The MEC deeply regrets the failure by some of the attendees, including herself, at that time, to wear masks, during this short performance during dining.

The MEC will be submitting a formal report to the Premier regarding this incident.

Finally, the MEC remains committed to fighting the spread of COVID – 19 in the province.

ENDS Issued by the KwaZulu-Natal Health Ministry

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