An article published 9 July 2018 on website Trends Daily quotes South Africa’s deputy president, David Mabuza, as saying: “I like white people, dead white people, they are the peaceful one[s].”
Trends Daily is a known fake news site. It doesn’t have an “about section” or any contact information.
The KnowNews tool, developed by non-profit Media Monitoring Africa, alerts readers to the credibility of websites. It says this about Trends Daily: “WARNING. This site may contain dodgy news. Think twice about trusting any story. Think thrice about sharing.”
The article about Mabuza is full of red flags.
There are no details about when or where Mabuza said this. The article only mentions reports gathered from social media, which “caused ciaos” online. (We assume they meant “chaos”.)
Spelling and grammatical errors are another red flag.
Africa Check could find no other news reports of Mabuza saying he likes dead white people. Because of his prominence in South Africa, such a statement would have been widely reported. – Africa Check
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