Conspiracy theories are bad for us, but so is 5G
I don’t enjoy the 5G conspiracy theorists, but in at least one respect, I have something in common with them
The news that Vodacom has introduced 5G to Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town has been met with a strangely subdued response from local conspiracy theorists.
Granted, it’s become much harder to burn down cell towers than it used to be: these days the SAPS are there in 30 seconds flat, arresting you on the grounds that singeing a hadeda is legally the same as trying to roast a chicken.
Still, given the pandemonium that swept across social media in March and April, when we were assured by swivel-eyed Facebookers that Covid-19 was a smokescreen for installing 5G, you would have thought that those freedom fighters would be out on the streets, their tinfoil hats glinting in the morning sun as they do battle with radio waves like an army of ninjas swatting at fruit flies...