The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many countries into lockdown to prevent transmission among citizens. South Africa has also been under lockdown for the past few weeks. The lockdown is due to be lifted in a week.

Under these circumstances, a video showing a mob charging into a super market and looting it is going viral on the internet. A claim, the looting happened during the 21-day lockdown in South Africa accompanies the video.

“We should avoid this kind of situation. Lockdown in south Africa has failed. Looting taking place in super markets.”

This video has also been shared as a news article on a website.

It is also viral on Facebook.

Lockdown has failed in South Africa. Guys are out on the prowl looting stores for food items! Nigeria should beware! Hunger virus is more powerful and dangerous than Corona virus!!!

Segun Fadipe ಅವರಿಂದ ಈ ದಿನದಂದು ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ ಭಾನುವಾರ, ಏಪ್ರಿಲ್ 5, 2020

Fact Check:

This claim is FALSE.

A Google search of key frames of the video using Invid tool, we found older versions of the same video published in May 2018 on Youtube. The title of the video is “South Africa, storm a supermarket.”

The same video was published in September 2019 with the title “Looting in BP garage Chatsworth, Durban, South Africa”

Looting in Bp garage Chatsworth ,Durban South Africa

Makhox ಅವರಿಂದ ಈ ದಿನದಂದು ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ ಬುಧವಾರ, ಸೆಪ್ಟೆಂಬರ್ 4, 2019

We also found a longer version of the video uploaded on a Facebook account named CICA – Crime Intelligence & Community Awareness – South Africa with a title Pick n Pay Express at BP Clocktower in Mitchells Plain being looted. WC, Cape Town, Mitchells Plain, C/O Eisleben RD & Lavender, BP Clocktower.

A link to the video on Youtube is as follows:

The incident has also been reported in local websites.

The incident took place in May 2018, when violent protestors ransacked the shops at BP clocktower in Mitchells plain.

The video is more than 2-years-old and is NOT related to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been shared with a FALSE claim that the incident happened during the present lockdown.

Hence, the above claim is FALSE.

Satya Priya BN

Motivated professional with a zeal to learn, Sathya Priya has more than 5 years of experience as a Content and Digital manager in Press, Electronic and Digital media. She is Andhra Pradesh government accredited Multimedia Journalist.
Ms Priya has worked for more than 4 years as Web and Digital media manager in Bhaarat Today, telugu TV channel. Along with news, she has experience in television program production. Demonstrated excellent management and leadership skills to lead the Digital Media staff. Worked collaboratively with staff, management and IT support.
A science Post Graduate, with great computing skills, She is a fact checker certified by Google News Initiative. She has also completed Fundamentals of Digital Marketing Certification from Google.

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