Fact Check: Shop looted in South Africa during COVID-19 lockdown? Here’s the truth behind this video

A video is being shared on social media where people can be seen robbing a store. The claims are being made that the video was captured in South Africa during the ongoing lockdown due to COVID-19.

“Lockdown in South Africa backfires and residents could not wait to be killed by hunger, ” the caption read.


FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found that the video is old.

We extracted the keyframes of the video using the InVid tool and then did a search using the screengrabs and relevant keywords.

In results, we found a link to a Facebook video dated 2018. The description of the video read, “Pick n Pay Express at BP Clocktower in Mitchells Plain being looted. WC, Cape Town, Mitchells Plain, C/O Eisleben RD & Lavender, BP Clocktower.”

The video was uploaded by Crime Intelligence & Community Awareness, South Africa. The page describes itself as a “Breaking Newsfeed page for major crimes and events which may affect a community”


We also found several local media coverage of the incident.

In conclusion, we can say that the above video is old and is not related to the ongoing lockdown in South Africa.

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