The following email is currently circulating on the social media:

Who says mermaids don’t exist?  As shocking as it may seems…it has been confirmed by the president spokesman than the mermaids were actually found in his pool although they are not for witchcraft purpose as was stated by opposition party.

Mc Maharaj, president’s spokesman said “The president of the republic, Jacob Zuma, would like to set on record that although the two mermaids were discovered in a pool situated inside his Nkandla homestead, he was not aware of their existence. The Office of the Presidency will be in a better position to comment once an investigation by the security cluster has been concluded,” the statement read in part.

Opposition parties, particularly the EFF, were quick to accuse Zuma of witchcraft, sighting that he used the mermaids to protect him from being recalled from the seat of power.

“In the black community, we have what we call “ukuthwala – ho rwala”. People would consult sangomas for power and protection, which often comes in a form of muti and/or a snake which lives in a bedroom no one is allowed to go into…

“It all makes sense now. Zuma was accused of rape, fraud and corruption with hard core evidence presented before the court of law, but still walked free…. His mermaids protected him,” Malema told reporters.

The two mermaids were allegedly executed and transported to an undisclosed research laboratory in Durban.

The email is a HOAX

This report first appeared on 13 August 2014 on Gist Us ( ) and was then eagerly copied by the EFF and placed on their Supporter Website on the same date:

There is no doubt that the reason for placing this hoax is to make a political point.  Sadly, in cultures where witchcraft do play a key role, reports of this nature will influence people to a large extent and any report of this nature will create fear and suspicion.

So what is the story behind the story and are the mermaids real?

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 Bulgaria, Pakistan and India, and lately in Nkandla, the palace of Mr.Zuma.

Watch the intricate sculpting of the mermaid props on YouTube.:

Sadly, this email has found its way to the Christian media as well and should not be forwarded or entertained.. 

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy…James 3:17