Sfiso Nsibande said, “Fake news is not right because it is wasting government resources. SAPS vehicles will be issued for something that is not there - rumour has no basis. This endangers community life because where there’s actual crime taking place SAPS will be reluctant to respond. They won’t know if it is true or fake news."
The Tembisa residents speak about the adverse effects of fake news to government and the society at large.
Mike Sibanda said, “Fake news is wasting tax money on useless things. Unnecessary investigations are made because people called and reported false cases. As a result police delay in pursuing serious cases. They need to verify the credibility of reported cases before they respond to crime scenes. I was once attacked but police delayed to respond and it was because of these falsely reported cases. Lies on social media should be monitored and criminalised by the Government. People fabricating fake Steven Khunou said, “Fake news has a bad effect. It creates unnecessary stress and panic because police will run after hoax statements. This is interfering with the law because police lose focus on real cases due to hoax news." Thermal Ngobeni said, “Fake news cause unnecessary stir and panic in the community and wastes the country’s resources at the same time. State cars are abused unnecessarily. Fake news waste a lot of money that could be used to improve lives in needy areas." Tsidiso Tshale, “Fake news put SAPS in a negative light as if the police is not working. Take the fake children kidnap. If it were true, that would mean the community is not united against crime. How can an unknown Quantum steal children in the community’s watch and the community does not respond immediately? This also tarnishes the image of the taxi industry. It will be assumed that the Quantum's from the taxi industry are the ones committing the crimes. In terms of public transport, these Quan