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Kirsten Cosser

Kirsten Cosser

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South Africa, don’t fall for fake headline claiming the CIA will start a war in KwaZulu-Natal and frame Zuma’s uMkhonto weSizwe Party

“CIA PLANS TO FRAME MK BY CREATING A WAR IN KZN”. That’s a claim presented as a “breaking news” graphic going viral on social media in South Africa on 6 June 2024, with over 132,000 views at time of writing. It was also sent to us by a reader on our WhatsApp line. The graphic was posted...

Zero evidence of South African electoral commission bribery by ruling party and official opposition and commission is ‘considering legal options’

Note: This report includes details about a developing news story. Information was, as far as possible, correct at the time of publication but may change rapidly. According to a “media statement” released on X, formerly Twitter, on 1 June 2024, two prominent South African electoral commissione...

Beware, South Africa! Ignore viral statement claiming influential trade union has instructed members to vote for the MK Party – it’s a fake

“BREAKING: SA'S BIGGEST UNION ‘NUMSA’ HAS MANDATED IT'S MEMBERS TO VOTE FOR UMKHONTO WESIZWE,” a caption on a viral Facebook post reads, just days before South Africans head to the polls on 29 May 2024. With over 51,000 views on Facebook, and 92,000 views on X (previously Twitter), ...

No evidence for authenticity of ‘confidential’ correspondence about US interference and support for Referendum Party in the Western Cape

“I am writing to confirm the United States Government’s support for the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) plan to establish a ‘Referendum Party’ (RP) to build support for Cape independence, while maintaining the DA’s plausible deniability.” This is the start of the correspondence add...

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