Police caution against publication of fake news

DURBAN- Members of the Provincial Joints have noted with concern a sudden increase in fake news aimed at causing alarm and panic in our communities. Role-players from the Provincial Joints are concerned that these stories have increased as we run up to the elections and are alarmed that certain media houses are giving credence to these stories without verifying the authenticity through the relevant authorities before publication.

A plea is made to media houses and members of the community not to recirculate these fake news stories and create unnecessary panic amongst ordinary citizens. It is incumbent on each and every one of us to confirm the authenticity of posts on social media before we forward it to another person. Citizens are urged to contact and verify with the relevant government departments as well as local authorities should they receive disturbing reports on social media.

Source: South African Police Service