The City of Joburg is warning residents of Johannesburg to refrain from sending voice notes, tweets or messages that may incite public violence.
The City says this is a criminal offence that is punishable by a fine and or imprisonment of up to three years.
This warning comes after recent looting, burning and violencethat took place in the country in the past week.
Wayne Minnaar, Spokesperson for the Joburg Metro Police Department says if anyone becomes aware or knows of a person sending such messages, they should inform the police as soon as possible.
“We cannot and must not standby idle and allow criminal elements to cause havoc in the City,” says Minnaar.
Minnaar says the Metro Police are on high alert and are working with the South African Police Service (SAPS) to restore order and make arrests.
“This is not the time for hoax calls and spreading fake news,” he says, adding: “the JMPD will follow up on tips of stolen goods so that these can be recovered”.
Most areas in Johannesburg remained calm during the rampant looting last week, with residents taking a stand against the appalling behaviour.
The City of Joburg says most public services have resumed and backlogs will be attended to accordingly.
Residents are urged to call the SAPS on 10111 or the JMPD on 011 375 5911 to report suspicious behaviour or criminal activity.