- Maps Maponyane has called CNN out over fake news, exposing their reporting error over Covid-19 statistics
- CNN falsely reported that South Africa had 14 000 Covid-19 deaths but actually only had 4 800
- Maps posted two images side-by-side online showing South Africa's official government stats and CNNs report
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Maps Maponyane has taken to social media to drag the American news channel CNN for its reporting on South African Covid-19 statistics.
Briefly.co.za learned that Maps shared a picture of CNNs statistics alongside the actual current stats in South Africa which draws quite a different picture.
"I've always trusted a lot of what you report on, but a quick fact check wouldn't have taken you much time at all... Come on @CNN do better," tweeted Maps.
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CNN had reported that South Africa had 300 000 Covid-19 cases and 14 000 deaths which the Department of Health released completely different statistics on Friday.
South Africa actually only has 4804 deaths, not the 14 000 deaths as CNN reported according to ZAlebs.
Maps wasn't alone in his anger, imagine being overseas and seeing these stats on CNN.
Dr Zweli Mkhize had released the latest Covid-19 stats on Friday.
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In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that One South Africa leader Mmusi Maimane thinks it is better to sacrifice the academic year and save lives.
The One South Africa movement has appealed against a judgement by the North Gauteng High Court which set aside Maimane's application to prevent schools from reopening.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Minister of Employment and Labour Thulas Nxesi has tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday.
In a statement issued by the government on the situation, it was revealed that the minister has had a number of close calls with the virus:
"This was the Minister’s 4th round of tests to be conducted since the outbreak of the virus, and the first to return positive. Minister Nxesi is in self-isolation and will continue to work from home. All members of the office of the Minister, who have come in contact with him will also undergo testing."
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