It has been a stormy year in South African politics. We look back at our fact-checks of dodgy data, political spin, false claims, bogus qualifications and a bizarre conspiracy. Researched by Africa Check
- Spot Checks:
- The week that was: uncovering mining truths, a grid collapse in SA & orphan numbers
- Are 100,000 people trafficked annually in South Africa?
- Would more than half of South African parents advise their kids to emigrate?
- Yes, South Africa’s murder rate is 7 times higher than the United States’
This week we published three pieces: a blog by one of the winners in our African Fact-Checking Awards, a report investigating the possibility that South Africa’s electricity grid could collapse and a factsheet on the number of orphans in South Africa.
Click on the links to catch up on your reading:
The runner-up of the first African Fact-Checking Awards recently spoke at an international conference in Mozambique about the challenges of investigating Zambia’s mining industry.
Will South Africa’s electricity grid collapse, plunging the country into weeks of darkness? Experts say it is possible, but unlikely.
How many orphaned children are there in South Africa? Figures range from 3.4-million to nearly 4-million. Some projections have suggested figures as high as 5.2-million. This factsheet unpacks the numbers.
How many orphaned children are there in South Africa? Figures range from 3.4-million to nearly 4-million. Some projections have suggested figures as high as 5.2-million.
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.
How safe is South Africa over December? The bad news is that cases of armed robberies, burglaries, murder, attempted murder and serious assault tend to increase markedly over the festive season.
- Jacob Zuma
- Democratic Alliance
- sexual violence
- South African Police Service
- Cape Town
- South Africa