An official in the presidency has comprehensively rejected claims that South Africa is heading for Level 4 restrictions on Monday night, after troublesome rumours were shared online. It was claimed that the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) had informed employees that a ‘hard lockdown was on the way’ – but that’s not the case.
Athi Geleba is a spokesperson for Ramaphosa’s team – and serves as his digital communications supremo. She took to Twitter on Monday to extinguish the misinformation currently spreading like wildfire. All recipients are encouraged to tell the sender that the message is completely untrue, and should not be circulated any further:
“Fake news alert: NEDLCAC has not informed employers to prepare for Level 4 lockdown, nor has it been approached by the government to discuss [such measures]. If you receive this WhatsApp message, please indicate to the recipient that it is classed as fake news.”Athi Geleba
#COVID19 ?FAKE NEWS ALERT? NEDLAC has not informed employers to prepare for Level 4 lockdown nor has it been approached by government to discuss a Level 4 lockdown.— ATHI GELEBA ?? (@AthiGeleba) January 11, 2021
If any of you receive this WhatsApp message, please indicate to the recipient that it is #fakenews.
“We just had confirmation from NEDLAC that employers and businesses must prepare for Level 4 lockdown, for 30 days up to 15 February. Only 10% of the workplace capacity is allowed. All international travel and borders will be shutdown. Alcohol and tobacco sales will be impacted, with stricter curfew hours.”