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Yes, video shows massive queue for shops in Ulundi after #ShutdownSA protests

South Africa’s Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces experienced a week of looting, protests and violence following former president Jacob Zuma’s imprisonment for contempt of court

During the tense week several false and misleading videos were shared online. In many cases old or out of context videos were passed off as recent events. 

Social media users tagged Africa Check in many of the posts, including one with a video of a long queue winding along a road. Most posts of the video, filmed from a helicopter, said it showed food queues in Ulundi, KwaZulu-Natal

We checked. 


Google Maps confirms video filmed in Ulundi 

Using Google Maps we were able to confirm that the video was filmed in Ulundi. 

At the beginning of the video there’s a building on the corner of a T-junction. This is the Ulundi police station on King Zwelithini street. A billboard in the video is also visible in Google street view

At 19 seconds the Ulundi municipal building appears in the video. In Google satellite view, the same building and green roofs can be seen

Video filmed on 16 July 2021

The next step was to confirm if the video was filmed after the violence and looting in KwaZulu-Natal. 

Africa Check spoke to Ulundi’s municipality speaker, councillor Johanna Manana. She confirmed that the video was shot on 16 July 2021, by municipal manager Nkosenye Zulu.  

Manana said the queue formed because the municipality had decided that “only two shops, Spar and Boxer, would be open on that day. This was to try and avoid looting and burning of shops.” She said that all shops in Ulundi had since been opened.

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