Police investigating fake news on reinstatement of alcohol ban

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Rumours of a possible reinstatement of the alcohol ban by government sent people rushing to bottle stores in the city.
Rumours of a possible reinstatement of the alcohol ban by government sent people rushing to bottle stores in the city.
Moeketsi Mamane
  • Police confirmed they would be investigating the circumstances around the spread of fake news claiming the alcohol ban would be reinstated.
  • The news sent hordes of South Africans to their local liquor stores to restock on Tuesday. 
  • The spread of fake news is a contravention under the Disaster Management Act.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) confirmed they would be investigating a fake voice note which sent South Africans into a panic about the reinstatement of the alcohol ban.

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Speaking to News24, SAPS spokesperson Vish Naidoo said the spread of fake news was still a crime under the Disaster Management Act.

"Spreading of fake news still remains a contravention in terms of the DMA. We are appealing to anyone who knows who is responsible for the manufacturing and distribution of the message to call 086 00 10111 or via MySAPSApp.

"All information will be treated with strictest confidence," Naidoo said.

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Rumours on the reinstatement of the alcohol ban circulated on social media on Tuesday, leading to hordes of South Africans descending on their local liquor stores to restock.

However, Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) spokesperson, Lungi Mtshali, confirmed to News24 that this was fake news.

Mtshali said the rumours appeared to benefit the alcohol industry.

Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, also said President Cyril Ramaphosa would not be addressing the nation on Tuesday evening as the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) had not taken a decision to ban alcohol sales.

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