Don't Believe Fake News About Minister Mkhize
News has been spread about South Africa's Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, and has been making the rounds on social media. This news, should it have been found to be true, has the potential to ruin someone's reputation and quite possible dent their career. The Ministry has made it their mission to set the record straight.
News spread across social media that SA's Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, owns a PPE manufacturing company and is therefore profiting off this pandemic. The Minister has since set the record straight.
A statement from The Ministry reads:
Minister Mkhize does not own a PPE manufacturing company nor is he involved in any way in the manufacturing of PPE ... nobody in Minister Mkhize's family is in the business of manufacturing, selling or distribution of PPE.
This comes in the wake of South African Government setting out to actively tackle corruption in the country.
The Minister also wants the person who originally posted the content or anyone who has shared or commented to "immediately remove the content from their platforms".
They also demand that those responsible should issue an apology to the Minister and to the public for spreading fake news. Fake news like this has the potential of ruining someone in power's reputation as South Africans already question Government and lose trust in them.
Lwazi Manzi, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, says, "This kind of content is damaging to the reputation of honest, hard working members of the executive" and that it takes away attention from the work being done to fight the Coronavirus.
Manzi also reminds the public that:
Creating or advancing fake news remains an offense under the National State of Disaster and the Department of Health will not hesitate to take action against those found to be creating or perpetuating fake news.
We are still in the middle of a pandemic and the best way to fight it is to only arm ourselves with facts and sound knowledge, says Manzi.
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