But a number of videos and pictures circulating online, supposedly showing the violence, are unrelated to the events.
A video posted on Twitter on 2 September shows rows of men lying face down on the ground in front of a large building. Behind them, more men can be seen walking in single file with their hands raised while South African police officers give instructions.
The video is captioned: “Nigerians facing Deportation In South Africa.”
Raid at Boksburg hostel in 2018?
We captured a screenshot from the video and searched Google for the image.
First in the list of results was a May 2018 article by the Citizen newspaper. Following a cash-in-transit heist in Boksburg, a city in the east of Gauteng, police chased the perpetrators to the George Goch hostel, where a search was conducted and four men arrested.
The Google search also picked up a tweet from May 2018 in which a user posted the same video. The caption, translated from Zulu, reads: “It’s bad at the hostels, hands up men.”
We contacted the Gauteng South African Police Service to find out more. At the time of publishing, they were yet to respond to our queries. (Note: We will update this report when they do.)
Although the exact details around the incident are unclear, the video was shared online in May 2018 – more than 15 months before the latest flare up of violence. So it can’t possibly show events in September 2019. – Africa Check
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