Africa Check (Johannesburg)

19 August 2014

South Africa: Nope, Nkandla's 'Mermaids' Are Actually From Hollywood

Economic Freedom Fighters MPs have disrupted Parliament during President Jacob Zuma's response to reports on the spending of government money on his ... ( Resource: 'Pay Back the Money,' MPs Chant to Zuma

There may be a lot of controversy surrounding President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home, but mermaids found in the so-called firepool can be excluded.

Were two mermaids killed in the controversial "firepool" of President Jacob Zuma's home in Nkandla and taken to a research facility in Durban?

A picture posted on the EFF Supporter website - sourced from Nigerian website Gist Us - at the weekend shows two female figures, lying head to snake-like tails on a display table. The face of the "mermaid" turned to the camera seems to be contorted in rigor mortis; her mouth agape and eyes frozen half open.

As if the president does not have enough headaches at the moment, the headline hurls another allegation: "President Jacob Zuma Accused Of Witchcraft!"

The leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Julius Malema, is even quoted as saying that Zuma is "using the mermaids to prevent him from losing his place in leadership". To this a reader wrote in the comment section: "Why Julius Malema he is so against President Jacob Zuma? He is jealous or what? If he want to be a president why he should do something like this? Tjo I think he should mind his own business."

But Zuma can cross this attack from his list: These mermaids were actually props in the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides that was released in 2011. They are on display in the Jack Pierce Memorial Museum of the Cinema Makeup School in Los Angeles that opened last year. Since then the pictures have been circulating the globe as proof of mermaids' existence in Pakistan and India, among many others.

Watch the intricate sculpting of the mermaid props on YouTube.

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