In recent weeks topics such as human trafficking and kidnapping have been trending on social media complete with videos circulating on WhatsApp causing panic among South Africans. 

The SAPS have now urged members of the public to be cautious when sharing crime-related information, especially if it is unconfirmed.

The most recent incident was a video on WhatsApp showing a bogus kidnapping in Klerksdorp. Police became aware of the footage and upon investigation found that no such incident was reported. Authorities believe it was staged in an attempt to cause fear among members of the public.

Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone confirmed this and also alerted reporters to voice notes shared on social media, “In the same breath, voice notes with false and unsubstantiated information were over the weekend shared on social media platforms about alleged kidnapping incidents for human trafficking purposes. However, it turned out that no cases were reported to the police either in Mmabatho or Mahikeng, where the purported incidents took place,”.

The public are urged to use social media responsibly and report any suspected criminal activity to the police.