EDITORIAL | Stop sharing unverified messages


EDITORIAL | Stop sharing unverified messages

In 2017, fake news led to the murders of two men. It cannot happen again


A few years ago, our print predecessor, The Times (https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2017-09-06-a-heartbreaking-take-of-friendship-that-led-to-murder/), published articles on the harrowing murder of Mlungisi Nxumalo.

Nxumalo was in his car at the Pinetown taxi rank, west of Durban. In the vehicle with him was a close friend’s mentally disabled child. He was giving the boy and his father a lift home, something he did often. His friend had stepped out of the car and gone into the rank to buy a snack for the drive home, something he had done many times before. Unfortunately, as was common because of his illness, the child started screaming.

In an instant those in the rank turned on Nxumalo. They accused him of being a foreigner and, without a shred of evidence, of kidnapping a child. There was a youngster in the boot, the crowd said, as they overturned the vehicle...

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