Hoax: South African urged to ignore malicious Freedom Day messages

2010-04-26 00:00

WHILE Freedom Day has become synonymous with national co-operation, tomorrow’s celebrations have been tainted by ugly SMS threats.

Malicious text messages saying that “pamphlets calling for whites to be killed on Freedom Day are being circulated in the Pietersburg area” have been circulating around the country.

Police investigations have yielded no pamphlets, leading police to regard the SMSes as hoaxes.

A statement released by the office of the National Commissioner of Police said: “To date the ‘pamphlet’ has not been sighted, concluding that this is a hoax. However, investigations into the origin of the SMS will continue.

“There will be no war between black and white people in South Africa”, said General Bheki Cele.

“I will certainly not stand for this maliciousness and I therefore impressed upon the intelligence community to get to the bottom of the origin of this text message.”

Cele said people circulating the SMSes have “no respect for our democracy and the unity of all races, cultures and creeds of our country”.

Police are urging individuals to ignore these messages and not perpetuate the problem by forwarding them.

Police will also welcome any valid information about the origin of the SMSes.


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