Fact Check: Viral Samora Machel quote shared by EFF is likely fake

Fact Check: Viral Samora Machel quote shared by EFF is likely fake

- A quote attributed to Samora Machel has recently gone viral on social media

- The quote reads: "You are applauded by white people then you must know that there is something wrong with you"

- However, the quote appears to be made up

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A quote attributed to former Mozambican leader, Samora Machel, has recently been doing the rounds on social media.

In the quote, Machel disparages white people.

However, the quote has not been verified and it appears likely that it is fake.

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The quote allegedly reads: "You are applauded by white people then you must know that there is something wrong with you". It has been shared by the official EFF Twitter account, among other social media pages.

However, neither the EFF nor the other pages sharing the quote have provided a source or reference for it, Briefly.co.za has gathered. Indeed, there is no record of Machel ever having made the statement. 

According to AfricaCheck, Samora Machel's daughter herself says that she is unfamiliar with the quote. Additionally, journalist Alves Gomes, a friend of the Machel family, says that the quote seems out of character for Machel. Gomes maintains that the statement does not align with Machel's worldview, as he was an avowed anti-racist.

Gomes also says that he could not find the quote among any of Machel's speeches or writings, many of which have been collected and archived. 

As a result, AfricaCheck says that the quote is likely a fake.

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It is not the first such fake quote to go viral in recent weeks. For example, another made-up quote recently got traction on social media claiming to have been said by former agriculture minister, Senzeni Zokwana.

In the quote, Zokwana blames cold weather on white people.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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