Blaming of foreigners for SA ‘noodle deaths’ faulted

A South African rights commission has raised concerns over social media messages linking foreign nationals to the deaths of five children after allegedly eating noodles.

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) noted that some messages were claiming that foreign nationals may have tampered with the popular children’s food item – urging the public not to spread fake news regarding the incidents.

It said that health and police authorities were still investigating the issue and there was “no evidence to suggest any possible tampering or any link with foreign-owned businesses”.

It said suggestions that “the tragic deaths …are the result of revenge by foreign nationals are irresponsible and have no basis in fact”.

Two siblings are reported to have recently died in Limpopo province after eating noodles, while three other children died in Eastern Cape.

SAHRC says the health authorities have considered recalling “the products concerned should the evidence indicate that this is required”.

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