It’s official – South Africans still need a visa to visit Trump’s America
Shenaaz Jamal | 2017-02-06 12:53:24.0
The Statue of Liberty is seen on the 130th anniversary of the dedication in New York Harbor, in New York City, U.S., October 28, 2016.
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The Unites States Embassy in South Africa has debunked false news reports stating that President Donald Trump has wavered visa requirements for South Africans travelling to the US.
A fake news website had claimed that Trump signed an executive order waiving the visa requirements in order to strengthen ties between the US and South Africa. It went further to falsely report that South Africans with dual citizenship with any Muslim country would be banned from the US.
The US embassy based in Pretoria said it was aware of the false reports and confirmed that the travel requirements have not changed.
“This information is incorrect. South African passport holders require a visa for travel to the United States‚” said US embassy spokesperson Cynthia Harvey.
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Amongst the other false stories on the fake website is that Lesotho has agreed to become a city in South Africa. And that Sasha Obama is pregnant.
The South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) last year issued an alert to readers to beware “an alarming trend by fake news websites to publish inaccurate information under the guise of news”.