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The South African Presidency on Wednesday tried to fool the media by issuing a press release announcing new cabinet appointments for positions that do not exist.

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These new positions included ministers for Public Participation and Interface, and Roads and Traffic Affairs.
According to the statement, Essop Pahad was appointed Minister in the Presidency responsible for Public Participation and Interface, Charles Nqakula was appointed Minister in the Presidency for Roads and Traffic Affairs, and finally Zizi Kodwa was appointed Deputy Minister for Social Cohesion and Nation Building.
Some local media were fooled by the release, including the Eyewitness News which ran the story but later updated it with the headline “We fell for it”.
The news outlet said it published the news after receiving confirmation from presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj.
The announcement had many South Africans wondering if the presidency really did have a sense of humour, or if it was just poor timing.
The world observes April Fools’ Day on April 1 and some media publish funny, ridiculous and just plain weird pranks to fool the public. But it is rare for a government to fool the media with ridiculous statements. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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