Coronavirus: Man behind fake viral video arrested in Western Cape

Coronavirus: Man behind fake viral video arrested in Western Cape

- The man behind a viral video claiming that coronavirus testing kits were contaminated has been arrested

- The man will now appear in court on Tuesday after Western Cape authorities caught up with him

- The DA reminded citizens that spreading false information over the virus is a criminal offence

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The 55-year-old man who posted a video making a number of false claims over coronavirus testing kits has been arrested.

News24 spoke to police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters, who confirmed that man was arrested on Monday and is expected to appear in court on Tuesday.

Police officials from the Parow police station in Cape Town caught up with the man, with Peters commenting

"The arrest relates to a video disseminated through various social media platforms purporting contamination of Covid-19 test kits." reported that the video had gone viral in South Africa, with the unknown man calling on citizens to refuse testing amid the pandemic.

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Claiming that the government was deploying 10 000 workers to conduct tests, the man warned that the swabs are contaminated with the virus.

"Do not under any circumstances allow them to test you. There's a possibility that the swabs are contaminated with Covid-19."

This, according to the man, is a global phenomenon seeking to spread the virus, despite not providing with any proof to back up his allegations.

Charged with defying the Disaster Management Act, the man is now facing the possibility of jail time.

The Democratic Alliance pressed charges against the man, adamant that it would send a strong message that fake news woun't be tolerated

"Spreading fake news, as this person has done, is against the Covid-19 Disaster Management Regulation 11(5) which prohibits and criminalises the spread of fake news pertaining to efforts of combating this pandemic. The regulations are clear that transgressors can be jailed for up to six months," the party said.

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