The account that shared the post is called “#PutSouthAfricansfirst” and regularly spreads anti-immigrant content, often targeting Zimbabweans.
The image included in the post shows a rusty train car spanning a river in a hilly landscape.
While some users admired the “innovation”, others posted derogatory comments about Zimbabwe.
“They all have to go back and be more Patriotic, Zimbabwe is a trash (sic),” reads one of the comments.
Similar posts were shared elsewhere on Facebook.
However, the claim that the photo shows a bus bridge in Zimbabwe is false.
Georgia, not Zimbabwe
Using a reverse image search, AFP Fact Check found the same photo showing a train car recycled as a bridge on the travel site Tripadvisor.
The user tagged the photo’s location as “Akhalaqlaqi” in Georgia.
Using a keyword search, AFP Fact Check found a small town called Akhalkalaki in southern Georgia, close to the border with Armenia.
On the northern outskirts of town, there is a point of interest marked on Google Maps as a “wagon bridge.”
A January 2023 Google Street View image of the “wagon bridge” shows the same structure as in the false post.
Several visual clues, in addition to the train, confirm that the bridge seen in the false post is located in Akhalkalaki, Georgia – and not Zimbabwe.
The same geological features are visible behind the bridge.
A distinct structure is also visible in both images on the top left of the hill behind the bridge.
Many come from Malawi, Lesotho, and even the Horn of Africa, but most are from Zimbabwe.
Foreign workers are often victims of anti-immigrant sentiment as they are seen to compete against locals for jobs, particularly in low-skilled sectors.
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