Members of the Mkonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) have distanced themselves from a voice note threatening violence in eThekwini and surrounding areas.
The voice note, claiming that MKMVA members will unleash a wave of violence accompanied by the bombing of infrastructure, was being circulated in some community whatsapp groups around Pietermaritzburg.
However, Thulani Zulu, a high-ranking member of the MKMVA, described the voice note as “fake”.
“It’s the work of counter-revolutionary groups bent on creating unnecessary panic in the country.
“MKMVA members don’t make threats on social media, we just act if there is a need to,” he said.
A Whatsapp message being distributed with the voice note has also claimed that shops would be targeted during Black Friday shopping in KZN among other threats. Some social media security groups were also warning residents to be aware of the threat.
Meanwhile, police in KZN appealed to people to ignore messages circulating on WhatsApp or social media platforms that seek to create panic in the community and encourage people to participate in any form of criminality.
"If there are any serious threats that we are aware of, we will issue an official statement ..." said police.