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Fake news peddlers could be jailed for spreading Covid-19 disinformation

19 March 2020 1:48 PM
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South Africans can face jail time if they ignore the new regulations aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19, a legal expert explains.

New regulations have been gazetted in line with the Disaster Management Act to legally combat the pandemic.

Anyone who intentionally exposes others to the disease can be arrested and prosecuted for assault, attempted murder or murder.

RELATED: 9 new SA government regulations at a glance - Bars to close at 6pm

The spreading of fake coronavirus news could land you in jail as it is now a criminal offence, explains lawyer Marius Du Toit.

If you publicise anything about Covid-19 that's false, anything about the status of a person that's false or any measure taken by the government with the intention to deceive, well then you're guilty.

Marius Du Toit, Attorney and former prosecutor

The important thing in the legislation is that it makes reference to publishing [fake news] with the intention to deceive.

Marius Du Toit, Attorney and former prosecutor

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19 March 2020 1:48 PM
Tags:
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Coronavirus
Covid-19 fake news
Covid-19 regulations

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