- Yet another hoax has been doing the rounds concerning the coronavirus pandemic
- This time, someone went to the extreme, claiming that helicopters would take to the skies to spray chemicals over SA
- Briefly.co.za explores this latest snippet of fake news amid a national crisis
The latest hoax surrounding the coronavirus is taking things to the next level in a bid to spread misinformation about the pandemic.
This time, a post shared to a Facebook group dubbed 'President Ramaphosa SA' shared the ludicrous claim that 'there will be helicopters spraying chemical solutions' across the country.
The post urged citizens to stay indoors at 10am on Thursday to avoid the chemicals, telling followers to share the post.
Over 8 000 people fell hook, line and sinker for this dodgy advice, believing the impression created by the page that it was posting on behalf of the president.
In response to the claim, the official, verified account of the South African government came to the rescue:
“Stop spreading #FakeNews and misleading information. Verify the information before you share information."
This comes as Cooperative Governance Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma gazetted new regulations concerning the outbreak on Wednesday.
Amongst these rules included the statement that spreading fake news concerning the pandemic was being made a criminal offence.
People, like those behind this questionable claim over the helicopters, could be facing prison time as the government clamps down on misinformation.
Briefly.co.za reported that political parties came together recently to present a unified front to the country, determined to set differences aside in order to battle the crisis as a team.
If the politicians can stop the drama long enough to work together, surely South Africans can think twice before sharing unverified information.
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