A graphic shared on Facebook in South Africa says a luxury car dealership in a suburb of Johannesburg has closed down, “thanks to Covid-19”.
The graphic appears to be a personal message written by someone called Wayne Engelbrecht and includes a photo of a building with a large Audi logo.
It is undated but the writer says he had to “inform 50 staff members and their families that Audi Centre Northcliff is closing down thanks to Covid-19 at the end of the month”.
It was posted in a message by another Facebook user on 29 August 2020, possibly a former employee at the dealership. But Facebook’s fact-checking system has flagged the graphic as possibly false.
We investigated. Has Audi Centre Northcliff closed?
‘We have closed down’
Engelbrecht calls himself a “very sad and heartbroken DP” in the message.
We contacted Engelbrecht and he confirmed the dealership had closed.
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