Veteran actress Sophie Ndaba has appealed to “bored” social media bullies to find work and stop spreading fake news about her dying. Sophie topped the Twitter trends list just more than a week ago, after several fake news websites said she had lost her battle with diabetes.
Sophie and her husband, Max Lichaba, slammed the reports and reassured fans that she’s still very much alive.
Sophie told TshisaLIVE that the reports traumatised her family, especially her son, who knew the dangers of her falling into a diabetic coma.
“My family suffered. With every death rumour, my son is traumatised. It broke him because he knows that his mother is diabetic and a diabetic coma can come very suddenly, with no warning. It happens.” She added that the reports took their toll on her physically and that after two days of having to fight them off, she was exhausted.
“It affected me. After two days of people calling me, I was taking strain. My body was aching. My husband had to massage me. That wasn’t enough. I had to go to a spa for professional help.
“SA needs to stop with the pull-me-down syndrome. It is bullying. How can you say someone is dead when they are not. You talk about death like it is nothing. People who are bored must go find work and not play with people’s lives.” Sophie noted how easy it was to share fake news and warned people to be vigilant. I don’t mind when people tweet tributes to me or pay condolences, because they are working with what they are given. We were not at the hospital. We did not speak to the family. They just believe what they read.