The South African Police Service has urged the public to stop spreading fake news and bogus messages about human trafficking and kidnapping of women and children. This, News24 reports, follows an incident where a video clip surfaced on various social media platforms in which an unknown man frantically claims to have witnessed the kidnapping of a woman at gunpoint at the Boulders Shopping Centre in Midrand. In another fake story recorded on a voicenote in Afrikaans, a woman calling herself “Jeanie from NCIS” claims that a child was kidnapped at a Pick n Pay store in Brits and that similar incidents happened in Nelspruit, Bloemfontein and Johannesburg. The police insist they continue to investigate and give priority attention to genuine cases of human trafficking and kidnappings, as well as crimes against women, children, and other vulnerable persons, but said the spreading of fake reports wasted scarce police resources.