Fact check: No, SAPS did not confiscate 200 food parcels from church

Fact check: No, SAPS did not confiscate 200 food parcels from church

- The South African Police Service has been accused of confiscating 200 food parcels from a church

- The food parcels had allegedly been heading towards Bonaccord squatter camp in Pretoria

- Briefly.co.za explores this claim to determine if there is any truth behind the allegations

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A social media post doing the rounds claims that members of the South African Police Service confiscated 200 food parcels from a church.

The parcels had allegedly been intended for vulnerable white citizens at the Bonaccord squatter camps.

The allegation had prompted outrage on social media, with citizens denouncing the apparent victimisation.

However, the SAPS has responded to the allegations, denying them as fake news as well as 'baseless, false and malicious'.

"A post on social media claiming that police confiscated 200 food parcels that church wanted to hand out at a Bonaccord squatter camp near Pretoria, is FAKE NEWS. The mentioned church has no knowledge of such an incident."

READ ALSO: Fact Check: No, SASSA Covid-19 relief fund not excluding white people

Briefly.co.za reported that, amongst other regulations, the government had gazetted a law prohibiting the spread of fake news.

Those found guilty of distributing misleading information concerning the coronavirus could be slapped with a fine or even earn a citizen six months in prison.

These regulations were gazetted as part of the South African government's response to the Covid-19 outbreak, which has been declared a national state of disaster.

Claims the Covid-19 relief on offer during this time of crisis would not be available to white citizens was debunked by SASSA as simply untrue.

This comes after another social media post claimed that white South Africans would not be able to access the R350 unemployment grant on offer during this time.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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