Fact check: SA slams Ndlozi for 'lying' about municipal worker's death

Fact check: SA slams Ndlozi for 'lying' about municipal worker's death

- This week, a couple of videos surfaced online showing a municipal worker going on a rampage in a truck

- Mbuyiseni Ndlozi posted one of the videos on his Twitter page showing Walter Madubanya after he crashed the truck into a wall

- The gory clips show Madubanya pinned between the wall and the truck as he pleads with cops to shoot him

- Ndlozi claimed Madubanya died after the SAPS shot him but South Africans were quick to point out that it is not true

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Sometimes it is better to make sure about your facts before you share something online and Mbuyiseni Ndlozi learned it the hard way.

On Wednesday, 'Walter' trended on social media after videos surfaced online showing the 36-year-old Polokwane municipal worker wreaking havoc at work in a truck.

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Yusuf Abramjee shared the clips on his Twitter page and he revealed the man allegedly got angry after he was denied a promotion.

Briefly.co.za reported the 36-year-old ended up crashing the truck into a wall, injuring himself. The gory video shows Madubanya begging cops to shoot him while he was pinned between the truck and a wall.

Shots were fired but it was not clear whether or not the police actually hit the municipal worker. Some claimed the bullets hit the wall next to Madubanya.

However, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi took to his Twitter page to share the harrowing video, claiming the man died after cops shot at him.

Fact check: SA slams Ndlozi for 'lying' about municipal worker's death

Mbuyiseni Ndlozi was dragged for spreading fake news about municipal worker Walter Madubanya. Photo: @MbuyiseniNdlozi, @Abramjee.
Source: Twitter

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The claim:

Ndlozi accused the officers of needlessly shooting a man who no longer posed a threat and taking his life.

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He wrote:

"He asked that they shoot him in the head so he can go (die)... am told that he eventually died from the wounds of this shot and the accident. I don’t understand why they shot at him. In the end, he no longer posed any harm."

Take a look at his post below:

Fact check: SA slams Ndlozi for 'lying' about municipal worker's death

Screenshot of Mbuyiseni Ndlozi's post where he claimed police officers killed Walter Madubanya. Photo: @MbuyiseniNdlozi / Twitter.
Source: Twitter

The Facts:

Briefly.co.za can confirm that Madubanya did not die following the incident. According to News24, Madubanya appeared ion the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on Friday where he was denied bail. His rampage allegedly resulted in the death of an officer as well as damage to at least seven other vehicles.

South Africans were also quick to correct Ndlozi in the comment section. Many told him to check his facts before sharing news while others accused the People's Bae of lying.

Twitter user, @stolencarRSA, commented:

"Walter is still alive... It's only the security guard that passed away."
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Social media user, @mamadimo, said:

"He didn't die."

Kgalalelo Mcclouds, @kgalalelokaayg1, wrote:

"Firstly, he never got shot... police shot the wall. Let's learn to get facts straight. I was on scene!!!!"

Another tweep, @ismail18366756, added:

"He never died. The person he ran over died. As usual the EFF get their facts incorrect. What kind of leadership is this? These guys will start a fight because their cousin's auntie's brother told them Sello got a small nyana nyana peepee."

In other news, the EFF announced the outcomes of discussions held with Unilever on Thursday with a joint statement on the controversial advert produced by the company.

Both parties agreed that the ad in question, describing African hair as 'dry and damaged', was both 'offensive and racist'. The two parties reached a consensus on revealing the names of those responsible for the image, with the statement elaborating that:

"The director involved in the campaign has since left the company and the country. Unilever has made a commitment that following its internal investigations, the necessary disciplinary action will be taken against those remaining in the company in line with its policies."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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