Fact Check: Photo of beachgoers in Bloemfontein during lockdown fake

Fact Check: Photo of beachgoers in Bloemfontein during lockdown fake

- A social media post has been doing the rounds claiming that beaches were crowded despite the Covid-19 lockdown

- However, the beach in question here was situated in a location that raised more than a few eyebrows

- Briefly.co.za takes a look at the photo to determine whether or not beachgoers violated lockdown rules

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A Facebook post with a photo of a crowded beach claims that a Bloemfontein beach had been jampacked with South Africans amid strict lockdown regulations.

The post explained how disappointed the social media user was with the citizens who had thwarted the rule to stay at home.

“I’m so disappointed about the people in Bloemfontein… We are on lockdown… And they decide to still go to there beach… And party (sic)."
Source- Facebook

Source- Facebook
Source: Depositphotos

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The first issue at hand is that Bloemfontein is a landlocked city in the Free State province, more desert than beach by a long shot.

A reverse image search of the photo, which was intended to look like a screenshot of a broadcast done by the SABC, revealed that the photo in question is actually of an Australian beach taken back in 2013.

AFP did some clever investigative work and determined that the photoshopped image had made use of a broadcast titled "SACC commends government for stimulus package" with no relation to beaches and lockdown violations whatsoever.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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