MEDIA STATEMENT FROM THE SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE,
MEDIA CENTRE, EASTERN CAPE
PORT ELIZABETH: Mount Road police have noted with concern the circulation on social media about an abandoned baby found at the Greenacres shopping mall on Saturday, 19/10.
According to the post, the child was found and taken to SAPS Mount Road and handed over to the police. Police confirm that there were no such reports nor did anyone drop off any child.
Social media is a helpful medium for both the community and the police. However, the hoaxes, fake news and the dissemination of false information not only sows panic among our communities but also wastes the police’s time and resources. Such misinformation is reckless, irresponsible and unacceptable. Police is urging social media users to verify and confirm such information with them before posting and circulating thus avoiding the misinformation from going viral.
The SAPS calls on all who have published, seen or circulated the hoax to ignore it and to refrain from further sharing or disseminating false information.
Capt Sandra Janse van Rensburg 0827797173.