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SAPS dismisses fake State Of Emergency note as misleading

Apr 21, 2020
SAPS dismisses fake State Of Emergency note as misleading

King Williams Town - The Police Management in the Eastern Cape on Sunday distanced the SAPS from purported and fictitious plans to declare a State of Emergency in Queenstown as part of an attempt to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the area.

"The Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga described the fake news as mere distortions and falsehood which must not go unpunished," said police spokesperson, Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana Cell.

"These unfounded and baseless fake news came to light after a voice note was in circulation today (18 April 2020) in the social networks, calling for a shutdown and state of emergency in the Enoch Mgijima Municipal area.

"According to the voice note, the decision follows reports of about nineteen (19) people from a nearby area allegedly tested positive on Covid-19."

Brig Kinana said that the voice note which is attributed to a known local Councillor whose false articulations implicate the Police, will be investigated.

"A case of Contravening Disaster Management Regulations by publishing statements to deceive people on measures taken by Government to address Covid-19 has been registered at Mlungisi for investigation," he added.

"Members of the public and particularly those who hold public offices are warned not to make unsubstantiated and inflammatory statements which have a potential to create instability and uncertainty within the communities.

"It must be noted that spreading fake and fabricated information to sow confusion and harmful anxiety to the people may lead to prosecution. This behavioural conduct cannot be tolerated during this critical time in our country. 

"No arrest has been made at this stage. Investigation continues."

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