He mentioned three individuals have been recognized in relation to the offence. They had been the alleged supply of two fake news articles which went viral on social media.
Minister of Home Affairs Aaron Motsoaledi will lay a cost towards individuals accused of spreading fake news about Covid-19 in South Africa.
He mentioned three individuals have been recognized in relation to the offence.
They had been the alleged supply of two fake news articles which went viral on social media.
Motsoaledi was talking at an inter-ministerial briefing following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement of a 21-day nationwide lockdown.
The fake news articles had been about Chinese individuals inside a constructing on the Lebombo border submit, who had been supposedly utilizing corrupt means to enter South Africa after being refused entry at OR Tambo International Airport. The submit labelled South Africa a “banana republic”.
The different was about an plane from China which landed at OR Tambo on Friday carrying 80 South African college students.
These college students had been being quarantined in Gauteng, however the 70 Chinese nationals had been refused entry and advised to return to China.
The minister mentioned: “Fake news tends to be extra harmful than the virus itself as a result of it worries individuals.
“Because of this, and since we’re in possession of the unique supply of the image, I’ve instructed my officers to lay a cost with the police.
“This is the first check case of whether or not individuals posting fake news could be charged or not,” he mentioned.
Regulations revealed shortly after Ramaphosa declared a nationwide state of catastrophe earlier this month criminalised the intentional distribution of fake news.
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