Police Investigating Voice Note Warning Of Protests Against White People

In the voice note, a man calling himself ‘Pastor Andre’ translates a message purportedly calling for the killing of white South Africans in response to Monday’s Black Monday demonstrations.

FILE: Protesters gather at the Taal Monument in Pretoria on 30 October 2017 in support of the Black Monday movement highlighting farm murders in South Africa. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

Editor’s Note: Since this article was published, the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority in South Africa has clarified that a message circulating on WhatsApp and other social media platforms stating that its members will embark on a mass strike on Thursday are untrue. The regulatory authority says that the messages were spread by its own members who are disgruntled and trying to scare the public. It says it has met with the security guards, who have agreed to stop spreading the false message. Read the full article here.

Police are investigating the authenticity of a voice note being circulated on WhatsApp of a man claiming that a security union will hold mass protests against white people in South Africa later this week.

In the voice note, a man calling himself ‘Pastor Andre’ translates a message purportedly calling for the killing of white South Africans in response to Monday’s Black Monday demonstrations.

The police ministry’s Vuyo Mhaga said: “We’ve received the voice note and we’re investigating its authenticity. We want to tell South Africans not to panic, the police will be on alert.”

Meanwhile, the Police Ministry has criticised protests held across the country in support of farmers, which saw traffic disrupted and some matrics not able to write exams.

Thousands of farmers and supporters participated in the national Black Monday campaign aimed at highlighting the number of attacks on farmers.

Black Monday supporters also criticised the government for not doing enough to ensure the safety of farmers.

By:    Tendani  Mulaudz/EWN

 

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Additional reporting by Mia Lindeque.

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