A photo posted on Facebook in March 2021 shows a group of people standing on a large concrete block over a culvert.
“This is an official bridge opening in Qwaqwa it cost 11 million… can someone please explain,” text below the photo reads.
Qwaqwa is a town in South Africa’s Free State province.
But what does the photo really show? We checked.
KSh1 million bridge snapped in 2018
In a 2018 interview, Machakos governor Alfred Mutua told Kenyans.co.ke the photo shows him inspecting the footbridge, which was yet to be completed.
In 2018, the South African Twitter account @AdvoBarryRoux posted photos of the bridge, claiming that it had cost “$6million”. Lilian Ng’ang’a, Mutua’s wife, responded to the tweet, sharing before and after photos of the bridge – which included the photo in the Facebook post.
“To verify, visit the actual area!” she tweeted.
The claim that the bridge was opened in Qwaqwa, South Africa, and cost R11 million, is false.
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