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Fact Checking Viral Claims Related To Recent Xenophobic Killings In South Africa II

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CLAIM:  A Facebook video claimed that foreigners are being chased away from South Africa because of Xenophobia.

TRUE: Evidence does in fact corroborate the claim that xenophobic violence was perpetuated by South Africans. In fact, the intent to drive away foreigners resulted in a six-count death toll. Notwithstanding the sensitivity of this incident, its recent re-emergence is ill intentioned as viewing such content can only elicit not very good feelings in Nigerians. 

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A Facebook video captioned, “Foreigners being chased away from South Africa in the name of xenophobia.” has been trending again ever since the recent attack occurred in South Africa. Overtime, the video has gathered 20.3k Likes, 3.3k Comments and 29.5k Shares.

Verification:

Preliminary findings show the video is not recent as the claim alleges. A reverse image search revealed a video dated far back as March 29, 2019 and captioned: “South Africa and its xenophobia.” The same video on published on another Youtube page on 5th April, 2019 with the title: “South Africans chase away foreigners as xenophobia continues.”

A report by Human Right Watch published, April 15, 2019 explains the circumstances that led to the events recorded in the video. The report revealed that the violence started on March 25th and ended on April 2nd. The former incidentally being, the same day South Africa issued its five-year National Action Plan to combat xenophobia, racism, and discrimination.

In a statement on March 28, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) recorded six deaths amidst violent displays; further calling on the government for urgent action.

Conclusion

Evidence does in fact corroborate the claim that xenophobic violence was perpetuated by South Africans. More so, the intent to drive away foreigners resulted in a six-count death toll. Notwithstanding the sensitivity of this incident, its recent re emergence is ill intentioned as viewing such content can only elicit not so very good feelings in Nigerians. Consequently, we advise the public against retaliatory acts and report any such activity to the relevant authorities.

Lateef Sanni is a graduate of mass communication from Lagos state university. Before joining Dubawa, he belonged to the association of campus journalists where he was trained on the basics of fact-checking, a tool for combating misinformation in Nigeria. He joined the Dubawa team as a researcher and content developer for Dubawa's social media platforms. He consistently works to improve the dissemination of fact-checks through pictures [fact cards] and videos.

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