The message said that every person from outside would be killed in all provinces. The sender also said there will be blood, smoke and gunfire all over the country, warning in Mpumalanga that everything will be destroyed.
Reacting to the threat of xenophobic attacks, the City’s mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith, said: “We take our guidance from SAPS. If SAPS intelligence says it is a legitimate threat then we will activate our members.”
Anti-crime advocate Yusuf Abramjee said: “Over the weekend I have received at least five fake messages, including one saying that alleged terrorist (group) Boko Haram is going to (be) involved in some incidents in South Africa. Those responsible just want to cause fear and panic.
“I’m urging people to ignore these messages. We have seen lawlessness and criminality playing out in the violence that erupted and we appeal to the South African government to stop these xenophobic attacks.”