A Facebook post published on 27 June 2021 says South African president Cyril Ramaphosa was hugging world leaders without a mask during the Covid-19 pandemic despite criticising South Africans for irresponsible behaviour.
“I mean, #CyrilRamaphosa is blaming YOU for the spread of #DeltaVariant because you were apparently hugging and meeting folks without a mask on after you entered a venue,” it reads.
The post includes a photo of Ramaphosa embracing Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, and a fourth person with their back to the camera. None of them are wearing a mask.
“This guy…” the post ends.
It’s been viewed more than 116,900 times so far.
South Africa moved to adjustment level 4 on 27 June 2021 to manage the third wave of Covid-19 infections driven by the more infectious Delta variant. The level includes restrictions on gatherings and the continuing requirement to wear masks in public.
But does the photo show a maskless Ramaphosa embracing leaders during the Covid-19 pandemic? We checked.
Photo posted on 25 August 2019
Superville captioned the photo with: “World leader bear hug before the group photo @ #G7Summit in Biarritz, France. @EmmanuelMacron @narendramodi @JustinTrudeau and one unidentified leader.”
Emmanuel Macron is the president of France.
One user tweeted: “Who are you again? Oh sorry, @WhiteHouse Correspondent? The 'unidentified' leader is the President of South Africa. South Africa is a country in Africa. Name? Cyril Ramaphosa. Try @Wikipedia.”
2019 G7 summit in France
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