Xenophobic unrest has flared up again in South Africa’s Gauteng province. Violent attacks against foreign-owned businesses and incidents of looting have been reported in the cities of Johannesburgand Pretoria.
While videos and images help to better inform the public about the issue, when used in the wrong context they can inflame tensions and cause harmful consequences in the real world.
Several readers asked Africa Check if a number of graphic videos and images being shared online were accurate.
A closer look reveals that, while real, they are unrelated to the recent outbreak and have therefore been used out of context.
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