Fact Check: No, government didn't give SA break from paying rent

Fact Check: No, government didn't give SA break from paying rent

- The coronavirus has seen yet another sensational snippet of fake news added to the scores of misinformation

- This time, a statement claiming to be from the Department of Health is doing the rounds

- Briefly.co.za explores the facts behind this misleading statement

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A fake Department of Health statement has been causing a buzz on social media as concerns over the coronavirus outbreak continue.

The government has been implementing numerous regulations in light of the national disaster announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The statement claimed that South Africans would be getting a break from paying rent for the next three months.

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The statement claimed that landlords were instructed not to claim rent due to the pandemic:

"We regrettably with to inform you all that due to the Covid-19 pandemic that has affected the daily routine of our people, I want to kindly urge you not to collect rent money from your tenants for the next 90 days."
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This questionable regulation, according to the statement, could land those who fail to comply in some serious trouble:

"A person is guilty of an offence if that person fails to comply with these Regulations. A person convicted of an offence mentioned is liable on conviction to a fine or to imprisonment not exceeding six months or to both a fine and such imprisonment."

As disappointing as learning this statement is fake will be to some citizens, some legitimate good news has been announced.

Briefly.co.za reported that Standard Bank has offered small businesses and even students some financial relief.

The bank revealed it would be granting clients who qualify a three-month break from payments in light of the pandemic.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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