National Police Commissioner calls out fake news
Written by Keshia Jansen on November 30, 2017
National Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS) General Khehla Sitole has refuted the claims that he does not believe the farm attacks really exist.
It is understood that a fake news story written by a “Samantha van Zyl” surfaced on the internet, apparently quoting Sitole.
The fake news story maintains that Sitole does not believe the farm attacks really exist and that “farmers love attention”.
According to a statement, Sitole has refuted these claims and maintains that the article was written with malicious intent to sow panic and discontent among our communities.
Sitole has announced that the matter will be investigated.
“Just as in the event of a person laying a false criminal charge, those spreading false information through social media, leading to crimes being committed or the fruitless use of state resources, will be investigated and prosecuted or subjected to civil litigation to recover police expenses,” the statement reads.
Sitole says that he is unsettled by the extent to which people are willing to go to be destructive.
“It is rather disconcerting that people choose to go to such great lengths to be destructive when such time and energy could be put to better use to creating a better life for all,” he said.