Cabinet warns South Africa against fake news as President Zuma denies owning a home in Dubai

Cabinet warns South Africa against fake news as President Zuma denies owning a home in Dubai

President Jacob Zuma told members of his Cabinet on Wednesday that he does not own a home in Dubai, this is according to a report by News24. Cabinet released a statement on Thursday in which it warned the public to be vigilant against fake news.

The statement which can be read in full by following this link to the Government Communications Department website, states that Cabinet is alarmed by the increase in false social media posts which report crimes such as kidnapping and murder against woman and children. These false reports cause panic and cost valuable resources according to the statement.

The statement also refers to the recent leaked Gupta emails and makes it clear that Cabinet stands behind all government officials and takes the view that they are innocent until proven otherwise. It urges all officials who have been implicated to cooperate with those agencies tasked to investigate allegations against them.

Cabinet also confirmed that Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba had given a briefing regarding the contraction of the South African economy and would take steps to mitigate the recession where possible. Minister Gigaba would also be meeting with key stakeholders to discuss measures to get the economy back to a trajectory of inclusive growth.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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