FALSE: President Cyril Ramaphasa Ask Foreigners To Leave South Africa As Nationwide Lockdown Approaches
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa “has asked all foreign nations to depart south Africa before 21 june 2020 due to increasing cases of COVID 19”, claims a 7 April 2020 post on Facebook.
It adds that the government “is going to add three months of Totally lockdown which will start on 21 June , And president is asking all foreigners to vacate so that the country can left with its only citizens who will be given free food , water , electricity and free rent”.
The post has also been doing the rounds on WhatsApp.
FAKENEWS ALERT !!!President @CyrilRamaphosa has NOT asked foreign nationals to leave South Africa . The President has NOT said the #lockdown will be extended by the “ government of South Africa “ by three months , starting on 21 June . “ . The WhatsApp post below is fake news . pic.twitter.com/cP1WlahlKj
— Minister Jackson Mthembu (@JacksonMthembu_) April 7, 2020
As of 9 April, there were 1,845 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in South Africa, and 18 deaths.
But has Ramaphosa asked all foreign nationals to leave South Africa before 21 June, and announced an extension of the current lockdown?
Ramaphosa has not said foreign nationals must leave South Africa because of coronavirus numbers. – Taryn Willows
This article was originally published on Africa Check, a non-partisan fact-checking organisation.