John Maytham says he has received countless copies of a letter purporting to be about R2.6 billion of German funding earmarked for water assistance for cape town citizens - that irate senders of this missive believe has not been used for this purpose by the City and needs to be investigated.
He says though he does not want to make light of the matter, surely the fake news red flags are evident.
There is a lot of fake news around, and there are a couple of clues as to whether something is genuine or fake news.— John Maytham, CapeTalk host
He points out that while the 'letter' speaks about German newspapers and wire services, it provides no hyperlink to any one of those supposed stories covering this issue in Germany. That's a little red flag, he explains.
If anything should raise a big red flag its the comparison of the City of Cape Town to Hitler's Nazi regime, he laments.
It equates the City's policy of providing free water to the indigent, the very poor - it equates that to the way Hitler treated German citizens pre-World War II. Boing!!!! Huge red flag!!
He implores people to immediately stop taking 'a piece of shlock' like this seriously 'and please stop sending it to me!!' he begs.
He suggests people type in the words German Development Bank, Cape Town and water into google and first ensure if something is genuine news or not, before assuming the 'letter' doing the social media rounds is true.
Take a listen John tearing into this piece of fake news: