Back to Africa Check

Puma shirts photoshopped in ‘#FeesMustFall’ image

This article is more than 7 years old

Free education protests at South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg culminated yesterday with a bus set alight, a priest shot with a rubber bullet and a clothing and footwear shop looted.

Looters stole goods from a Puma shop in Braamfontein after they broke through the shop’s glass windows. (Note: University student leaders later denied that the looters were student protestors.)

An image shared on Twitter claims to show Wits students wearing looted Puma shirts while they continue their demonstrations.

However, a Google reverse image search reveals the image has been (badly) photoshopped.

Africa Check determined that the image was captured by Associated Press photographer Schalk van Zuydam on 4 October 2016. It shows students from the University of Cape Town attending a protest in the city.

In the original image, the students’ shirts do not bear the Puma logo. - 11/10/2016


Additional reading

GUIDE: How to spot fakes and hoaxes online

Boko Haram ‘massacre’ image fake

Wits students puma shirts

Republish our content for free

Please complete this form to receive the HTML sharing code.

Add new comment

Restricted HTML

  • Allowed HTML tags: <a href hreflang> <em> <strong> <cite> <blockquote cite> <code> <ul type> <ol start type> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <h2 id> <h3 id> <h4 id> <h5 id> <h6 id>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically.
limit: 600 characters

Want to keep reading our fact-checks?

We will never charge you for verified, reliable information. Help us keep it that way by supporting our work.

Become a newsletter subscriber

Support independent fact-checking in Africa.