Real or fake? Did Ramaphosa and Trump really have words on Twitter?

Real or fake? Did Ramaphosa and Trump really have words on Twitter?

Many people have heard of the cheeky reply that South Africa's President Ramaphosa allegedly gave America's President Trump after the US leader said his Secretary of State would look into the land matters in Mzansi. But did he really?

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A screenshot that claimed to be from a 'war of words' between the presidents of America and South Africa has been shared on Facebook and shows SA's leader, Cyril Ramaphosa getting quite cheeky.

However, going as far as saying it's a 'Twar' is a tad dramatic as it only shows a reply to a tweet, and its authenticity is questionable as well.

The screenshot was shared after President Donald Trump said on Twitter that his Secretary of State will be looking at the land reform matter in South Africa, as well as the "large-scale killing of farmers". reported that the ANC’s Deputy Secretary-General, Jessie Duarte, said Trump’s tweet was outrageous and ill-informed and hurt a lot of South Africans.

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The screenshot shows a response from Ramaphosa, which basically quotes Trump, but replaces 'Secretary of State' with 'Police Minister' and refers to the mass shootings that have been plaguing America.

But did he really?

Africa Check looked into this claim and found that the official Twitter account of Ramaphosa never tweeted such a response.

It turns out that the tweet in the screenshot was shared by a parody account, however, the original post is nowhere to be found.

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Besides, such a cheeky response to a tweet by the President of the United States from another leader would have caused quite the media frenzy.

Here's the screenshot that has been shared on many occasions:

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