SPREADING FALSE INFORMATION: Police Caution the Public About Spreading of False Information
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Media Statement from North West Media CentreCorporate Communication and LiaisonSouth African Police Service
Potchefstroom: Following the recent distribution of information on social media, especially WhatsApp messages, where fellow South Africans are being warned that disruptive actions will take place in Ledig, Robega, Pilanesberg, Maule, Phokeng, Phatsima, Rustenburg and surrounding areas from 7 November 2018 to 31 December, the police are calling upon members of the community to refrain from further spreading false, baseless and misleading messages that are circulated through social media platforms. “The police will not hesitate to act against any person who circulates messages with intent to intimidate citizens or incite them to cause violence,” said North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane. The origin of such messages is subject to investigation.
The Regulations of the Gatherings Act 2015 of 1995 is clear and regulates the holding of public gatherings and demonstrations at certain places; and provide for matters connected therewith. Every person has the right to assemble with other persons and to express his views on any matter freely in public and enjoy the protection of the State whilst doing so; whereas the exercise of such right shall take place peacefully and with regard to the rights of others.
Section 3(2) explains that a convener shall no later than 7 days before the date of the gathering give notice of the gathering to the responsible officer concerned or at the earliest opportunity. A Section 4 meeting will then be arranged for consultation and negotiations with all role players before the gathering is held.
Conditions can be imposed in respect of holding the gathering to meet the objectives of the Act.
“An urgent appeal is also made to all communities that embark on protests, to do that peacefully and desist from committing crime,” said North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane. The police will act against any person who contravenes the Law.
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