The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has expressed concern over messages circulating on social media that five children died after eating two-minute noodles that were tampered with by foreign nationals, described as illegal immigrants.
“The commission reminds the public that official sources, being the department of health and South African Police Services, are still investigating the possible contamination. At this stage there is no evidence to suggest any possible tampering or any link with foreign owned businesses,” the SAHRC said.
Should there be cause for concern, the SAHRC said, the relevant authorities would communicate.
“The commission notes that suggestions that the tragic deaths of five children in two different provinces are the result of revenge by foreign nationals, are irresponsible and have no basis in fact,” the SAHRC said.
“Until such time as the health authorities confirm the cause of the death of the three children in the Eastern Cape and the two children in Limpopo, and the police have traced the source of any contamination – should any contamination be found – the commission urges communities across the country to remain vigilant against the irresponsible spread of any messages which attempt to link the deaths to any alleged revenge plot.”
The SAHRC also pointed out that health authorities in South Africa have stated a possible recall of the noodles, should the evidence indicate that this is required.
“Should you receive messages of this nature, please do not forward them and advise the sender of the message that this is unproven allegation and fake news,” the SAHRC said.
“The commission will continue to monitor the media and engage with the authorities in regard to ensuring that factual information is made available to the public.”
Sources: IOL, Newsportal
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