Visit the COVID-19 South African Resource Portal

Six Months in Jail if You Spread Fake News About Coronavirus

The new Disaster Management Act regulations are threatening people who spread fake news about the coronavirus with a fine or up to six months in prison.

According to the new regulations, which were published in the Government Gazette on Wednesday, anyone who creates or spreads fake news about Covid-19 can be prosecuted.

It therefore applies to both the creators of fake COVID-19 news and those who spread the news through social media and other channels.

On conviction this person is liable to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months, or both a fine and imprisonment.

The complete article is available on the MyBroadband website.

X