SAPS dismissed fictitious motorbikes as fake news
ZWELITSHA: The South African Police Service Management in the Eastern Cape has expressed shock and concern at deceitful social media reports which depicted images of motorbikes and trailers masquerading in SAPS like branding.
These images were found to be in circulation in the social networks today, (August 5) with fake branding bearing resemblance to that of the SAPS. Preliminary investigation has revealed that none of the police stations owns, designed or procured such fictitious equipment. It is also not even clear how what appears to be a police officer in the picture happened to be associated with these motorbikes. A further investigation will be launched in order to uncover the sources and peddlers of these fabrications including their motives.
The South African Police management dispelled these social media reports as nothing but fake news. The Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga has ordered an exhaustive investigation into this falsehood and deception.
The Cybercrime Unit will be carrying out investigations into this matter and those found to have been involved sources of this manufactured lies will be subjected to prosecution. This will include those who assisted in the further circulation of the fake news through other social networks.
“The circulation of misinformation at a time where our communities are in desperate need of service delivery is nothing but an act of undermining efforts undertaken by the SAPS to bring services to the people. We have always been transparent whenever we issue new resources by inviting media to ensure transparency and accountability to avoid misinformation. People must be wary of criminal elements who masquerade and impersonate the police in order to sow a seed of discontent and confusion among the communities.” Lieutenant General Ntshinga concluded.