People posting messages on Facebook about the location of police roadblocks could be charged with defeating the ends of justice, according to a report by The Citizen.
Durban North police have “taken issue” with the trend of people warning each other about roadblocks over social media, stated the report.
“Police spokesperson Captain Raymond Deokaran said people posting messages warning others of roadblocks could be charged with defeating the ends of justice if caught.”
Deokaran said the police have also seen the announcements made at bars and pubs and over WhatsApp groups.
“This does not solve the problem, it lets people know about roadblocks and encourages some potentially-dangerous drivers to get behind the wheel,” he said.
“Social media can be a valuable asset, but not when it’s used to undercut the law. We hold roadblocks to try to get dangerous people off the road.”