- Gareth Cliff had some choice words for the South African government after he received automated messages
- He replied to the messages telling the government to change its behaviour before asking people to change theirs
- He also accused the government of stealing from the Covid-19 relief fund
No one likes those impersonal automated messages. South African radio and television personality Gareth Cliff had enough after getting a Covid-19 automated message.
He had some choice words for the government, this was the message he received:
“South Africa is experiencing the resurgence of the Covid-19 which necessitates immediate behavioural change from all citizens.”
He replied by asking the government to get its act together by providing electricity, pay social grants, stop forcing people into smaller areas of the country and not to mess everything up the government touches. He expected the government to do that before they asked South Africans to change their behaviour.
He posted another screenshot of his reply to another automated message, this one read:
"We all need to continue adhering to health protocols of wearing our mask, practicing social distancing and washing our hands."
This is where Cliff's response got really spicy when he called the government out on the missing billions from the Covid-19 relief fund. He suggested that the criminals responsible be put in chains and fix potholes and build houses, suggesting that if that happened they would do something useful for a change.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Gareth Cliff and his show So What Now? have been fined by the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa. Both e.tv and eNCA have been fined R10 000 for failing to uphold the broadcasting code to which media outlets are required to adhere.
The show had conspiracist David Icke on as a guest and both he and Gareth Cliff discussed the COVID pandemic. Neither one quoted any scientific or medical evidence in the interview and discussed the coronavirus being a concocted hoax as well as making several untrue claims about the virus.
Media Monitoring Africa reported the episode to the BCCSA for spreading misinformation about a public health crisis that could potentially cause harmful consequences.
In other news, Gareth Cliff posted pictures to Instagram that got flagged by the social media platform's fact-checking department.
The post was flagged with the message, "Missing context. The same information was reviewed by independent fact-checkers in another post." If clicked further, the message continued, "Independent fact-checkers say information in this post is missing context and could mislead people."
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Source: Briefly News