VAAL TRIANGLE - Members of the public can receive up to six months in prison if they distribute false or misleading information about the coronavirus. This applies to any misinformation, the spreading of false information about infections in South Africa, or the distribution of false information about government measures to combat the coronavirus. Any person who deliberately exposes another person to the virus can be charged with attempted murder or murder. The Department of Cooperative Government has published the measures to restrict the spread of the coronavirus in the Government Gazette and is in accordance with the Disaster Management Act of 2002. It is effective immediately.