Fact check: No, Donald Trump didn't join #VoetsekANC virtual protest

Fact check: No, Donald Trump didn't join #VoetsekANC virtual protest

- Citizens have been using #VoetsekANC to voice their disapproval over the ruling party's shortcomings

- A viral post hinted that US President Donald Trump himself joined the movement on Friday

- Briefly.co.za explores if this allegation is legit or just a clever fake

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South Africans have been making #VoetsekANC trend with thousands of citizens taking part in the social media protest every week.

The Covid-19 national lockdown has left some feeling like the regulations put into place are motivated more by internal ANC politics than the best interests of the nation.

Both the ban on tobacco and liquor has been a major bone of contention and a number of incidents have seen the ruling party themselves accused of breaking its own lockdown laws.

Fact check: No, Donald Trump didn't join #VoetsekANC virtual protest

The post claimed that Trump had taken part in #VoetsekANC protests. Image: GCIS/ Flickr
Source: UGC

Social media user Danie Barnard recently shared a screenshot of US President Donald Trump taking part in the viral protest.

Barnard thanked Trump for the post which he claimed had gone viral with nearly 2 million shares and 8 million likes. Locally, Barnard's post gained traction with over two thousand citizens reacting to it.

READ ALSO: Steenhuisen tells Ramaphosa to end lockdown: "Act like a President"

However, this screenshot is definitely a fake and a glance at Trump's verified feed confirms that the ANC's troubles aren't on his radar at the moment.

The nation is currently waiting for President Cyril Ramaphosa to host another 'family meeting' on the Covid-19 lockdown.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the current National State of Disaster expires on Saturday at midnight at a time when infections seem to be slowing.

Immense pressure is being put on the government to open up the sectors of the economy that have been closed since March.

The Democratic Alliance has been a firm supporter of a total relaxation in favour of beginning the long road to repairing the damage done by the pandemic.

Interim leader John Steenhuisen has called on Cyril Ramaphosa to 'grow a spine' and 'act like a President', urging him to put citizens ahead of ANC ideology.

With Cabinet set to hold a meeting on Saturday, it remains to be seen how the government will choose to handle this delicate situation.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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