In the latest update to the ongoing story, a report by plagiarism detection service Turnitin has revealed that South Africa’s Minister of Tourism, Lindiwe Sisulu, appears to have plagiarised, word for word, 23% of her column in response to ANC veteran Mavuso Msimang. News24 reports that the application, used to detect plagiarism by several major universities around the world, found that 12% of Sisulu’s column appears to be copied – word for word – from a speech UK attorney-general Dominic Grieve made in 2013. 4% appears to have been copied from an iafrica.com article published in 2021 titled “Broken Promises: Is Democratic South Africa on the Brink of Being a Failing State?”, 3% appears to have been copied from alphahistory.com titled “Nazi law and order”, and another 4% appears to have been copied from previously submitted university papers. Sisulu’s spokesperson Steve Motale dismissed the claims on Thursday afternoon, initially calling it “WMC [white monopoly capital] propaganda in full swing”, before deleting the message and sending another response.
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