Breaking news should not break ‘setho’

In the aftermath of the devastating bus accident in South Africa, which claimed the lives of 45 Batswana who were travelling from Molepolole to Moria, a sobering reflection on the ramifications of social media’s influence on news dissemination and its broader implications for road safety during holidays is imperative.

The expeditious proliferation of news through social media channels often outpaces official verification processes, paving the path for misinformation to spread unchecked. The recent tragedy underscores the necessity for restraint and sensitivity in the wake of such calamities.

President Mokgweetsi Masisi has issued a stern warning against the way the news of the accident broke out on social media platforms. Addressing Molepolole residents, Masisi expressed deep sorrow for the lives lost and also highlighted in his address how people were inhumane and insensitive by rushing to break the news on social media. “I see it fit to rebuke some of the things. I want us to all respect the families that have lost family members in that accident. Is it okay for us to report first the passing of these 45 souls on social media as if they were just animals?” he asked.

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