SAHRC Prompts Public Not To Blame Noodle Deaths On Foreigner ‘Revenge Plot’

Five children who died recently in two different provinces may have died as a result of contaminated noodles. The investigation is being conducted by the Department of Health and the South African Police Service (SAPS).

SAHRC Prompts Public Not To Blame Noodle Deaths On Foreigner 'Revenge Plot'-SurgeZirc SA
SAHRC Prompts Public Not To Blame Noodle Deaths On Foreigner ‘Revenge Plot’

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) expressed concern about harmful messages on social media claiming that possible contamination of 2-minute noodles is the result of product tampering by foreign nationals – who are frequently referred to as “illegal immigrants.”

Five children who died recently in two different provinces may have died as a result of contaminated noodles. The investigation is being conducted by the Department of Health and the South African Police Service (SAPS).

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On Monday, November 22nd, the latest information was that the children from the Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga ate two different brands of noodles. “The investigation is ongoing. It’s a long process to try to come down to one thing because there are many factors that are involved in cases of food poisoning unless it is laboratory confirmed or other factors that might be involved,” said the Department of Health’s Murdock Ramathuba.

The SAHRC emphasized that the investigation is ongoing and that there is no evidence of tampering or a connection to foreign-owned businesses at this time. The SAHRC deemed it irresponsible to make the baseless claim that the deaths of the five children were the result of “revenge by foreign nationals.”

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“Until such time as the health authorities confirm the cause of the death of the three children in the Eastern Cape and the two children in [Mpumalanga], and the police have traced the source of any contamination (should any contamination be found), the Commission urges communities across the country to remain vigilant against the irresponsible spread of any messages which attempt to link the deaths to any alleged revenge plot,” said the Commission

The health authorities have suggested that the recalled noodle products be recalled if the evidence indicates that it is necessary. However, no such instruction has yet been issued.
The SAHRC urged members of the public not to forward inflammatory messages that vilify foreigners and to inform the senders that the allegations are unproven and false news.

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