– On Thursday, news started trending online claiming President Cyril Ramaphosa resigned
– The news left South Africans confused and many were left wondering over the head of state’s future
– Briefly.co.za took a closer look at the claim and found that President Ramaphosa did not step down
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On Thursday, South Africans woke up to #RamaphosaResigns trending on social media and they were left confused over the news.
The claim was made on a parody account, @Advovolicious, on 23 July.
The post read:
“Breaking News : President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that he will tender his resignation this morning. He has submitted his resignation and will address the nation on public television and announce his resignation. This is great news for all South Africans #RamaphosaResigns.”
Take a look at the post below:
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Briefly.co.za decided to take a look at the facts behind the claim and found that it is not real. No government site confirmed the news and the tweep, who goes by Man’s NOT Barry Roux, claimed he had been hacked.
Tweeps were not impressed with @Advovolicious’ fake claims.
It is not the first time the account made fake claims. Briefly.co.za previously reported @Advovolicious shared news that Mbuyiseni Ndlozi jumped ship to the DA.
The post read:
“Breaking News: Dr Mbuyiseli Ndlozi has left the EFF to join DA because he was not happy in the EFF. Ndlozi believes that EFF is corrupt and has stolen money from VBS, hence he has tendered his resignation and joined the DA. #NdloziJoinsDA”
However, after it was revealed the news is fake, the account once again claimed it had been fake.
Meanwhile, in other news, African Development Bank has green-lighted a R5 billion loan to South Africa to help it win the battle against Covid-19.
In addition to funding this battle, the loan will also help SA mitigate the economic fallout the pandemic has brought with it.
After the SA government requested aid from the bank, it released a statement on the approval of the loan:
The board of directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a loan of approximately R5 billion ($288 million) to the government of South Africa, as the country battles one of the largest Covid-19 caseloads in the world.”
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