Sun, 25 Oct 2020

The South African Police Service has again urged members of the public not to share bogus information about "kidnappings".

North West police commissioner Lieutenant General Sello Kwena has asked that people verify the legitimacy of crime-related videos and voice notes with the police before forwarding it.

Last week, police in Gauteng also urged the public to stop spreading fake news and bogus messages about human trafficking and the kidnapping of women and children.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said police in Gauteng were deeply concerned about the continued peddling of fake news and cautioned the public against the "incessant promotion and distribution of such malicious untruths".

This came after two fake videos of "kidnappings" were widely distributed on social media.

Police investigations ultimately found these allegations to be false.

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