Thulani Ngwenya is appealing to all South Africans to stop the spread of fake and misleading news during the coronavirus outbreak.
As the country begins to enter a second week of a 21-day lockdown, numerous outlets and social media accounts have been frantically trying to keep up with the ever-evolving news.
But the Bafana Bafana team doctor, who is also the South African Football Association’s Chief Medical Officer, says it is only creating anxiety for South Africans.
Players and coaches alike have been working hard to try and spread positive messages of support and encouragement as the country tries to come to grips with the crisis.
And Ngwenya says it is crucial to continue to support the governments guidelines during the lockdown.
He told Soccer Laduma: "Social media has circulated unverified information, which has created so much anxiety to the people of South Africa, we are all requested to stop circulating unverified information.
"This pandemic can certainly be controlled, that can be done through a collective effort so we are all requested to the measures prescribed by the government which is amongst others, practicing social distancing and good health hygiene.
"Yes, we are allowed to train in your backyard because that is encouraging and promoting a healthy lifestyle.
"Please protect yourself, protect your family, stay at home."
- TEAMtalk media