Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) says that there is a need for the creation of a diverse stakeholder who will deal with non-information on social media. MMA says social media has been widely used by instigators of the July 2021 riots that swept across Kwa-Zulu Natal and Gauteng.
The organization says some members of the public have used social media to post inflammatory statements that have fueled the situation.
The Human Rights Commission’s interrogation in the Gauteng part of the July riots this week heard how Duduzane Zuma, the son of former President Jacob Zuma, used social media to prevent incitement to violence during the riots.
MMA’s William Bird says: “We will then see the SAHRC say ok, we like this idea and we will call together and invite people from DCDTD, ICASA some social and mobile media, telecommunications and civil society but certainly the media. “
SAHRC interrogation in Gauteng ends July unrest onion
The South African Commission on Human Rights is holding a hearing in Gauteng July unrest have completed, but with many questions unanswered. The committee says the first and second parts of the interrogation gathered evidence in KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng late last year and last month.
And they were overwhelmed by contributions from various stakeholders. One of the many questions that witnesses who appeared before the committee had to answer was the delay in arresting the rioters in July.
The committee is investigating the effects of the July 2021 riots that claimed 350 lives and caused more than 50 billion RÚA damage to infrastructure and businesses in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.
The committee has heard oral and written submissions from political groups, companies and civil society movements. Four government ministers are among those who testified.
The riots began after the Constitutional Court ruled that Jacob Zuma, the former president, should be jailed for failing to appear for questioning.
Zuma’s son, Duduzane, is one of those implicated in inciting violence. Ethekwini Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda is similarly accused of inciting violence.
However, he refuted the allegations in his testimony to the committee a few days ago.
Testimony of Ethekwini Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda during the interrogation:
Stakeholder needs to deal with social media misinformation: Media Monitoring Africa – SABC News
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