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No evidence South Africa’s minister of water and sanitation said people must shower in groups to save water and electricity

IN SHORT: Government ministers do sometimes put their feet in their mouths. But there’s no evidence the South African minister of water and sanitation suggested people shower ‘in groups’, however dire the country’s water and electricity crises might be.

To save water and electricity, people must shower in groups. That’s according to what seems to be a screenshot of a news story crediting the quote to a “minister Mchunu”.

The claim has been posted on Twitter in South Africa but it has also been doing the rounds on Facebook.

Edward Senzo Mchunu is the current minister of water and sanitation in South Africa.

Many South Africans have had to get used to frequent power cuts and water shortages. So did the minister make this radical suggestion? We checked.


No trace of Mchunu quote

A Google reverse image search found no evidence that the quote could be traced to an actual news story by a reputable news organisation.

A quote like this from a member of the South African cabinet would have made news headlines.

We also looked on Mchunu’s official Twitter profile and searched for the quote across government websites, and came up empty.

This quote has been fabricated and can be added to the long list of false quotes, supposedly said by government ministers, that Africa Check has debunked. 

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