Fact Check: Dlamini-Zuma's controversial tax quote is a fake

Fact Check: Dlamini-Zuma's controversial tax quote is a fake

- A viral social media post has hinted that Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is confused as to where taxes come from

- At a time when SA's tax revenue is at an all-time low, this would undeniably put the COGTA Minister's competence into question

- Briefly.co.za explores this claim to determine if there is a shred of truth behind it

PAY ATTENTION: Click “See First” under the “Following” tab to see Briefly.co.za News on your News Feed!

A Facebook post that has been spread around SA like wildfire over the course of the past few weeks calling Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma out for not knowing how tax works.

The post was shared along with a photo of the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs head, claiming that the following words were hers:

“The money government has doesn’t come from people or businesses, it comes from taxes."

READ ALSO: DA thinks the lockdown has given Dlamini-Zuma too much power

One user weighed in on the post that was viewed nearly 100 000 times in the space of a single day:

“Here is the smartest woman in South Africa. No one can prove me wrong."

Another commented that:

“Listen to what this rotten headcloth-wearing thing is saying."

However, this post was shared on The SA Vine, a satirical blog with “Dependent. Unreliable. Satire” boldly declared on every page.

Every post shared on the page is clearly labelled as satire, which is defined as the use of humour to show how foolish behaviour or ideas are.

While the post included a picture of Dlamini-Zuma, the fake quote is linked to government spokesperson Nkosikazi Madl’emini-Zuma.

AfricaCheck reports that although SA Vine's page is clearly marked as parody, this particular post has failed to indicate that the quote is fiction.

The post is shared with no context provided, presenting the information as fact and therefore disinformation.

Minister Dlamini-Zuma has not uttered this controversial quote and Briefly.co.za can safely say that it is not an indication of her knowledge on tax matters.

Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!

Source: Briefly.co.za

Online view pixel