- Numerous photos and videos of xenophobic violence have recently gone viral online
- However, many of these images are, in fact, fake
- This is a problem, as it distort the public's perception of xenophobia in South Africa
Several viral photos and videos have been shared of recent xenophobic violence in South Africa.
The only problem is,many of these graphic scenes actually took place several years ago or in other countries.
People have been sharing these clips in a misleading way, so as to make people think they are from recent xenophobic incidents.
For example, a recent viral photo of a burning bus was, in fact, from an incident in Malawi, not South Africa.
Likewise, a photo of a burnt-out truck that was allegedly set alight by protesting Zimbabweans is actually a picture from a 2016 protest.
A professor in the sociology department at Wits University has said that these fake images of xenophobia are a problem. The professor, Lorena Nunez Carrasco, told AfricaCheck that these images lead people to think nothing is being done to address xenophobia and that xenophobia has not declined.
This is not true, as xenophobic attacks have changed dramatically in the last 10 years and several measures have been implemented to reduce them.
These kinds of fake images are also a problem in the sense that they distort the public's perception of the country's problems.
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