In South Africa at least 5,000 people are killed on the country’s roads every year. Or is it closer to 14,000? Or more than those dying of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, as has been claimed? Researched by Sintha Chiumia
- Spot Checks:
- The week that was – bitter kola eyedrops, Africa’s population & roadside memorials
- Conviction rates not a reliable measure of success
- Numbers of South Africa’s mentally ill don’t add up
- Reports of 198 confirmed Ebola cases in Nigeria are wrong
In the past week Africa Check published two reports, a factsheet and a spotcheck. Click on the links to catch up on your reading:
A Nigerian professor has claimed that eye drops made from an extract of the bitter kola tree can treat glaucoma, but the evidence is questionable.
In a bid to to sort fact from fiction, The Guardian asked their readers to nominate a commonly accepted statement about the African continent for us to investigate. The result was a closer look at the reliability of population figures.
This week South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boasted a conviction rate of between 70% and 90%, but these numbers do not reflect all crimes reported to the police each year, let alone the large number of crimes that go unreported.
In South Africa at least 5,000 people are killed on the country’s roads every year. Or is it closer to 14,000? Or more than those dying of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, as has been claimed?
How many people are there in Africa? What is the continent’s projected population over the next ten, twenty and hundred years? And how accurate are population forecasts?
The South African Constitution stipulates that the public and media has the right of access to information. Here is what you need to know about your right to know - an extract from "A Practical Guide to Media Law" by Dario Milo and Pamela Stein.
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- Helen Zille
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