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Weather presenters face jail in South Africa for incorrect forecasts

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Weather presenters could face jail if they give incorrect forecasts, it has been reported.

The South African government has passed the legislation with the hope that forecasters will not cause unnecessary panic.

Politicians have successfully argued that wrong predictions on drought and flash-flooding can lead to economic damage.

Severe weather alerts will now only be issued by a presenter after receiving written permission from South Africa's Weather Service Bill first.

First offenders of the new law could face a fine of up to £400,000 and a maximum five-year prison sentence.

For repeat offenders, a ten-year sentence and an £800,000 fine would apply.

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