This disturbing message, which is currently circulating via WhatsApp, features a photograph depicting a roadside billboard claiming that “you can kill whites in South Africa”.
The sign further claims that you will not be punished for murdering whites and that “you will get a white farm”.
Afrikaans text that comes with the image claims that the sign is located in Zimbabwe and asks that you send the post to everyone you know in the world and make it known everywhere.
However, no such sign exists, in Zimbabwe or anywhere else. The image is fake.
The perpetrators of this disgusting hoax have altered a genuine photograph of a roadside sign that provided information for rape victims.
A 2016 report on Snopes.com notes that Doctors Without Borders erected the original sign at a town in Liberia. The sign advised rape victims to seek free treatment at a local clinic.
The same photograph was used in another disgraceful hoax that falsely claimed that refugees in Finland could commit rape without being punished.
Again, the perpetrators altered the photograph to fit their bigoted political agenda. They even changed the colour of the rape victim’s skin to drive home their sickening racist worldview.
Another version moves the supposed location of the sign to Sweden and adds in extra people.
It is important to fact check messages such as this one before sharing them. If a suspect message features an image, performing a reverse image search can often reveal if a photograph is genuine.
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!