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Fact check: Post claims criminals are using police vans - not true

Briefly logo Briefly 5 days ago Sibusisiwe Lwandle
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A post shared on social media warns South Africa about criminals driving fake police vehicles that can be identified by the marking “dog unit”. The post goes on to say that SAPS doesn’t have a dog unit.

The post includes a photo of a police car marked “dog unit”. According to Africa Check, the post could possible contain fake information.

Police spokesperson Col. Brenda Muridili told Africa Check the SAPS had not had a case of robbery or hijacking registered in which the criminals drove a car marked “dog unit”.

Fact check: FB post claims criminals are using police vans - not true

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She went on to say that old K9 vehicles were indeed marked “dog unit”, but the newer cars were now marked “K9 unit”.

This means that the picture doing the rounds on Facebook could be a picture of their older vehicles.

“The photo doesn’t indicate other call signs and information, therefore it is difficult to check the vehicle’s originality. It could be an authentic old picture circulating with fake information.”

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