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Elon Musk pictured as a young boy.
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Made in Mzansi: Elon Musk’s childhood pics from Pretoria revealed

A new pic of Elon Musk during his childhood in Pretoria, SA was posted on Twitter. Take a look at the world’s richest man as a young boy…

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Elon Musk pictured as a young boy.
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While Elon Musk identifies as an American citizen, it’s well-known that the world’s richest man was born and bred in South Africa.

Although he emigrated as a teen, the billionaire businessman has been vocal about his childhood in the suburbs of Pretoria.

Elon was born to Errol and Maye Musk in 1971 and is the eldest of three, including siblings Tosca and Kimbal.

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While mom Maye loves to share snippets on Twitter from the family’s time in SA, a parody account for Elon Musk surprised his followers by posting a picture from his childhood in Pretoria.

In the pic, the Twitter – or X CEO – is seen as a young boy alongside three friends. “Guess how old I was here?” the parody account asked its followers.

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The account also shared side-by-side images of Elon and one of his young sons, who was the spitting image of him.

While Elon Musk was born in a middle-class household, he has been vocal about his “unhappy” childhood in SA.

He once tweeted: “I left South Africa by myself when I was 17 with just a backpack and suitcase of books”.

Elon also described SA as a “violent” place. This, after enduring bullying, resulted in him being assaulted during his early high school years.


Meanwhile, a picture of a young white child and his mother sitting beside their black domestic helper has incorrectly been credited to Elon Musk.

The picture – taken during SA’s Apartheid era – went viral last month in the wake of Musk’s comments admonishing EFF leader Julius Malema.

In a series of tweets, Musk implied that Malema and the party were “pushing a genocide of white people” after the latter went viral for singing the struggle song Kill The Boer.

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Malema vs. Musk. Images via Instagram: @elonrmuskk/ @julius.malema.sello

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Following Elon’s tweets about SA and Malema, tweeps began circulating the image, which depicted a typical white household during Apartheid.

In the pic, an expressionless domestic helper sits on the floor while the beaming mother and child sit on a sofa beside her.

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One tweep shared: “This is the world into which Elon Musk was born and raised. Take some time and study what’s being conveyed here”.

However, it has since been proved that the image is not of the world’s richest man or his mother, Maye. In fact, the child in the photo is actually a little girl.

The viral image was captured by US photographer Rosalind Fox Solomon in Johannesburg in 1982. The image is titled: “Mother, Daughter, Maid.”