Julius Malema Placed In A Coma Following ‘Gory’ Car Accident Is A Hoax

By Erica Abbott

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Reports that Julius Malema was placed in a medically-induced coma following a “gory” car crash in South Africa are false. Rumors that the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters was involved in a fatal car accident stemmed from a fake news website.

According to Hoax Alert, the fake claim originated on GloNews360, a fake news website that masquerades as a genuine news source. The article claimed that the South African political party’s president suffered “dramatic injuries” when his car collided with a truck. It purported:

Police have confirmed that the leader of the South African political party, Economic Freedom Fighters, Julius Malema is in an induced coma after suffering dramatic injuries following a deadly collision in Pretoria last night.

“Malema’s car collided with a truck after the truck driver reportedly veered off the road. The truck driver sustained minor injuries, leaving the EFF’s in an induced coma, with his driver dying at the spot from internal bleeding. Malema is currently at the Netcare Pretoria East Hospital in the Intensive Care Unit.” police said in an official statement.

The report, however, is completely fabricated. While GloNews360 contains no visible disclaimer on their website, the official Twitter account of the Economic Freedom Fighters denied the report in a series of tweets and issued a statement in response to the fake story. Additionally, Malema has also been tweeting through his official account, including retweets regarding the hoax.

“The EFF dismisses reports that the CIC Julius Malema was involved in a road accident as fake news,” the EFF’s statement reads. “Ordinarily, the EFF would not dignify fake news with a media release. However, taken the volumes of inquiries from the media, we thought it wise to place it on the public record that the CIC Julius Malema has not been in any road accident.”

The EFF dismisses reports that the CIC @Julius_S_Malema was involved in a road accident as malicious #FakeNews

— EFF (@EFFSouthAfrica) August 27, 2017

They also dismissed the report in a string of tweets, writing, “We also know that it may as well be the work of the enemy who may be testing waters to see what reaction would such news create, if real. If the enemy plans to take the life of CIC through an accident, they may be releasing #FakeNews to test if this would cause instability.” They continued, “Rest assured that if indeed these #FakeNews are enemy tests, we are not fooled. Our media regulatory laws have to improve to deal with this scourge of #FakeNews. Media & indeed all journalists must be free to report whatever they wish, however they are not free to lie and cause public and family panic.”

If the enemy plans to take the life of CIC through an accident, they may be releasing #FakeNews to test if this would cause instability

— EFF (@EFFSouthAfrica) August 27, 2017

We must indeed find a way to impose sanctions on those who take Go to the full article.

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