TORNADOES IN CAPE TOWN: THE TOTALLY FAKE NEWS BEING SHARED ONLINE

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If you’re reading this piece, good for you. It means that you’re actively searching for the truth among the steaming pile of manure that is “fact” on social media.

There have been a number of fake images and videos circulating on social media during the intense cold front currently lashing Cape Town and surrounds. Thanks to swelling public interactions, they’ve also gone viral. And that’s not a good thing.

Considering the severity of the storm — the fact that people are now homeless in the likes of Imizamo Yethu, Khayelitsha and Mfuleni — should be more than enough reason for people to not share fabricated content about the storm.

Still not enough? At least five people have died in Cape Town as a result of the storm.

Here’s a list of debunked images and videos we’ve found circulating on Facebook and Twitter thus far.

No, there was no ‘tornado’ on Signal Hill today

…or a “funnel cloud” either.

A video purportedly taken of Signal Hill around 9.15am on Wednesday depicted a swirling mass of cloud between Lion’s Rump and Lion’s Head.

This is arguably one of the sneakiest ‘shops we’ve seen, but some community members on Twitter — who stare at the mountain all day — quickly attacked its authenticity. AfricaCheck later confirmed that the video is fake after the original poster unashamedly admitted that it was indeed bogus.

He seemed quite chuffed with himself too.

There was still no tornado in Cape Town today

A ten-second clip of what seems to be a tornado ripping through Cape Town’s CBD is also currently doing the rounds on social media.

First seen yesterday, the video has since been reshared and reposted across YouTube, and has also made its way to Twitter.

The clip is however (sorry urban storm chasers) fabricated. The South African Weather Service, City of Cape Town or SANDF hasn’t made a squeak regarding a swirling mass of air and debris in the centre of the city. And one might’ve thought that they would… don’t you think?

A quick glance on Twitter, Facebook and the services’ official websites reveal no news of weather anomalies spotted in Cape Town’s CBD or surrounds.