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 – African stats, S. Africa’s murder rate & Ebola deaths in context
- Yes, South Africa’s murder rate is 7 times higher than the United States’
- Conviction rates not a reliable measure of success
- Numbers of South Africa’s mentally ill don’t add up
In the past week Africa Check published a comment piece, spot check and factsheet. Click on the links to catch up on your reading:
Bad and incomplete data bedevils African statistics. Seventeen African countries have not conducted a census in the past decade and five have not done so in 20 years.
Following the murder of South African football captain Senzo Meyiwa, news agencies Bloomberg and Reuters both reported that South Africa’s murder rate is “seven times the rate in the United States”. They were correct.
This factsheet puts the West African Ebola epidemic, the worst in the history of the disease, in context. Other deaths in the region dwarf those of the virus.
The West African Ebola epidemic, the worst in the history of the disease, has focused international attention on sub-Saharan Africa in 2014 – and rightly so, given the virulence and rapid spread of the virus. Yet other deaths in the region dwarf those of the virus.
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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- Jacob Zuma
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- South African Police Service
- World Health Organisation