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100k Rands For Information On Fake VN Threatening Grand Mothers

 

The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal has announced a R100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of individuals responsible for a disturbing fake voice note circulating on social media. The voice note, falsely attributed to Provincial Secretary Cde Bheki Mtolo, has been spread on platforms such as TikTok, WhatsApp Groups, and Facebook.

 

In the fraudulent message, the perpetrator suggests that grandmothers who did not vote for the ANC should be killed through food poisoning. The ANC has vehemently denied any connection to this voice note, denouncing it as a malicious fabrication intended to defame the party and its leaders.

 

“We categorically reject this fake voice note and many others that are being distributed purporting to be from ANC leaders,” stated the ANC in a formal announcement. The party emphasized that such false messages are part of a broader campaign of misinformation aimed at undermining its integrity.

 

In a stern warning, the ANC highlighted the legal consequences for those involved in the creation and distribution of such defamatory content. “We wish to alert WhatsApp Group Users and Group Administrators that in terms of the Cybercrimes Act of 19 of 2020, it is a criminal offense to use social media to fabricate and publish defamatory content. There will be severe consequences against criminals and individuals who are distributing this voice note,” the party stated.

 

The ANC’s call to action underscores the serious nature of the issue, as the spread of false information can have dangerous and far-reaching consequences. By offering a substantial reward, the ANC aims to encourage the public to come forward with any information that could lead to the identification and prosecution of those responsible.

 

This announcement follows reports from eNCA reporter Dasen Thathiah, who shared the ANC’s message on social media, further raising awareness about the harmful impacts of cybercrimes and the importance of maintaining the integrity of digital communication platforms.

The ANC’s proactive approach reflects its commitment to combating misinformation and protecting the safety and dignity of its members and supporters. As the investigation unfolds, the party’s stance serves as a powerful reminder of the critical need for vigilance and accountability in the digital age.

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