One arrested for coronavirus fake news: Cele

Police Minister Bheki Cele has given an update on lockdown regulations in Cape Town saying that someone has already been arrested for spreading fake news on social media. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Bheki Cele has warned the South African public against spreading lies on social media about COVID-19. 

Cele gave an update on lockdown regulations in Cape Town on Saturday.

He said someone has already been arrested for spreading fake news on social media.

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"There is one boy that was arrested yesterday. He was on social media saying that there is no such thing as the coronavirus here. 

He is at Themba police station right now, in the cell, arrested. So if you go to social media and spread fake news then we won't spare you", said Cele.

Over a thousand cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the country and the government expects the number to grow in the coming days.

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