Bheki Cele slams circulation of fake news
Police Minister Bheki Cele said he acknowledges that human trafficking is a major concern, however most of the information circulating on social media was fake news.
This was after many social media users took it upon themselves to expose venues that are alleged to be used for women and children trafficking. Many of these social media users expressed how they felt the police, more especially minister Bheki Cele, were not doing enough to combat the surge of trafficking.
The minister said many people gave addresses of places suspected to be used for trafficking, and those venues have been checked. Where there was no illegal activities were found upon searching. In one of the addresses a legitimate financial institution was being run said minister Cele.
“So it tells you that there are opportunists that will try to use the genuine fears of the public,” said minister Cele.
“Many protests have been held for GBV and still the situation does not seem to be dying down. Kidnapping in this country is a pandemic on its own,’’ saidMbali Mlotshwa. Mlotshwa said she is a mother of three (3), two (2) of which are young girls. The mother expressed how she constantly lives in fear for her children.
“What kind of a sick world do we live in where a child can be snatched at a restaurant,” Mlotshwa said.
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