A warning to those who incite mass hysteria

The Eastern Cape police have issued a warning to those who continue to send text messages and cause public distress.

The message circulating is warning people in King Williams’ Town and East London not to go to town this week because they will be shot and killed by a group of Gqeberha militants.

General Thandiswa Kupiso, acting Commissioner in the Eastern Cape, says those who continue to send these messages will face legal consequences.

According to Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana’s report, the police department has already been appointed to begin an investigation into the person who began making this message that is causing public concern.

Residents are also encouraged not to forward this message to others and to delete it because it instils fear in the community.

Residents are also encouraged to come forward with the names of those they know who sent this message in order to find a clue and the truth.

I’solezwe lesiXhosa also heard the messages, in which a woman’s voice instructs people not to go to town.

“Hey! They say avoid going to town because the army of the man who was shot on Sunday in King William’s Town is on its way to kill anyone there.”

Anyone with information can contact the police by calling 0860010111 or going to the nearest police station.