Media Statement: Up to six months imprisonment, a fine, or both for those spreading fake news

Media Statement

For Immediate Release

6 April 2020

Up to six months imprisonment, a fine, or both for those spreading fake news

The National Department of Communication and Digital Technologies has published regulations to address the spread of fake news. These regulations have significant implications for the exercise of information rights. However, during the national lockdown all legislation remain subject to the Constitution and the rights entrenched in it.

It is a criminal offence for any person to publish any statement with the intention to deceive others about Covid-19, the infection status of any person or any measure taken by the government to address Covid-19. Spreading fake news about coronavirus is an offence punishable by a fine, six months’ imprisonment, or both.

Report fake news

If you receive information you suspect to be fake news, report it to fakenewsalert@dtps.gov.za or WhatsApp 067 966 4015.

Be sure to include a link or screenshot of the social media post, article or document.

ENDS

Media Queries
Herman Pieters | Senior Communicator
Garden Route District Municipality
E-mail: communications@gardenroute.gov.za