Somizi arrested for misinformation on lockdown, quickly released again

Somizi arrested for misinformation on lockdown, quickly released again

- Somizi Mhlongo has paid R1 000 bail for his "bad joke" on Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

- He is scheduled to appear again in the Randburg Magistrate's Court on 30 April

- This is after a video surfaced on social media of Somizi telling Dineo Ranaka that the lockdown would be extended, hours before President Cyril Ramaphosa made the announcement

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Somizi Mhlongo had to fork out R1 000 for bail following the "bad joke" he made on Mzansi's Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula.

He has been scheduled to appear again at the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on 30 April.

The Metro FM presenter was arrested on charges of misinformation or spreading fake news on Thursday last week after Mbalula laid the charges against him.

Sunday World reports that national police spokesman, Vish Naidoo, has confirmed that Somizi was briefly detained by the Sandton police last week Thursday after he handed himself over.

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Naidoo said the reality star was released on R1 000 bail and was scheduled to appear at the Randburg Magistrate's Court on 30 April, according to Sunday World.

Briefly.co.za reported that a video surfaced on social media of Somizi telling his Metro FM workmate Dineo Ranaka that the lockdown would be extended, hours before President Cyril Ramaphosa made the announcement.

Somizi told Dineo that he heard the news from "Fikile".

Mbalula said that he had not disclosed information relating to the lockdown extension to Somizi.

The reality TV star released a statement online apologising for what he called a bad joke.

Mbalula accepted his apology. The minister then said that if anyone doubted that he had not told Somizi about the extension they could check his phone or ask Somizi themselves.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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