City of Tshwane Mayor, Cilliers Brink, has taken a stand against the circulation of fake news specifically targeting the City of Tshwane and the multi-party coalition. False information has been spreading on social media, aiming to undermine the trust between the mayor and the residents. Mayor Brink addressed these concerns, emphasizing that certain social media posts are fictitious and directed against the City of Tshwane.
One of the misleading posts claims that the City of Tshwane spent 100,000 rands on a billboard advocating for the arrest of Vladimir Putin. Mayor Brink expressed his dismay and embarrassment, considering the role he holds as the mayor of South Africa’s capital city.
Another false post alleges that the Gauteng government denied assistance to Tshwane for pothole repairs. Mayor Brink clarified that the City of Tshwane is not reluctant to seek assistance, as they engage in agreements with other governmental bodies regularly. Their primary concern in signing or negotiating such deals is always the best interests of the people of Tshwane.
The mayor urged residents to be cautious, especially when encountering claims that suggest Tshwane disregards the well-being of its residents and the township. Supportive comments poured in, with Jay Jay expressing pride in Mayor Brink’s emotional intelligence and proactive approach in making improvements for everyone.
However, skeptics view the mayor’s response to fake news as a means to sway voters to join their group. Loius Changuin asserted that disseminating disruptive and false information does not serve the people’s interests. As the approach to the 2024 elections approaches, such tactics might become more prevalent. Nonetheless, it is crucial to prioritize service delivery above all else.