Aspects of the strange decision to suspend communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams for two months for committing a crime involving an infraction of the lockdown regulations that still require attention are that in so doing, President Cyril Ramaphosa has spared her a criminal record and has treated her as his employee.

The president is sworn to uphold the constitution, which requires equality before the law. There is no “royal game” status if equal treatment for all is meted out, especially when draconian steps are taken in a menacingly authoritarian fashion and then inexplicably relaxed for the benefit of an errant cabinet minister...

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