Fact check: No, Motshekga didn't say too much studying causes cancer

Fact check: No, Motshekga didn't say too much studying causes cancer

- A recent post on social media went viral after claiming that Angie Motshekga had made some questionable comments on studying

- The post insinuated that the Basic Education Minister had claimed too much studying causes brain cancer

- Briefly.co.za explores this claim to determine if it has any truth to it, in Mzansi you never really know

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A screenshot of a Facebook post with Angie Motshekga's photo attached to it claimed that the minister had made some curious allegations concerning the negative effects of studying.

The text shared a quote of the Basic Education Minister urging students to rest during the holidays:

“Learners must take care of themselves and rest these holidays. I would advise them to not touch their books so they can rest their brains because studying too much causes brain cancer."
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The post claimed that the minister had linked too much studying to brain cancer. Image: GCIS/ Flickr
Source: UGC

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However, Africa Check has confirmed that not only is this post a hoax but it is also an old one dating back to 2017.

At the time the Department of Basic Education had issued a statement denouncing fake news doing the rounds on social media.

The statement added that the 'ridiculous nature' of the claim had still managed to worry citizens to the point of expressing their concern:

“We would like to reassure the public that the Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga has never said that too much studying causes brain cancer."

The department warned the nation to be vigilant about verifying information before sharing it on social media.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that a voice note had prompted chaos in South Africa shortly after the migration to Level 2 of the Covid-19 national lockdown.

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A fake claim had spread like wildfire after alleging that President Cyril Ramaphosa was set to address the nation and would be announcing the return of the liquor ban.

This unverified piece of information had seen citizens rushing to liquor stores in a bid to stock up, panicked by the voice note.

The address never materialised and an investigation into the matter was launched with the distribution of fake news during the pandemic a criminal offence.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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