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Fake booze ban lays bare no trust

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That people jumped immediately to the conclusion that the message was genuine does, indeed, speak to a common gullibility in the age of a deeply interconnected world.


27 Aug 2020
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Fake booze ban lays bare no trust

Picture for illustration: Tracy Lee Stark

The fact that thousands of people flocked to bottle stores earlier this week, to stock up in the face of a supposed threat by government to reimpose the booze sales ban, says disturbing things about South African society. The belief was sparked by a WhatsApp voice note, which claimed that President Cyril Ramaphosa was going to address the nation on Tuesday night to announce the reinstatement of the restriction. In consequence, bottle stores were besieged by people panic-buying in scenes some retailers described as never before seen. That people jumped immediately to the conclusion that the message was genuine does,...

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