Has the South African government redistributed 9.4-million hectares of land, or 7.3-million hectares, since 1994? President Jacob Zuma has laid claim to both figures in two separate speeches. And government officials appear unable to explain the discrepancy. Researched by Sintha Chiumia
- Spot Checks:
- Report that ‘Nigerians’ asked for vote in SA elections is baseless
- DA claim that Western Cape was not in top three under ANC is wrong
- Zuma claim that South Africans ‘beginning to feel safer’ is misleading
- Lindiwe Sisulu cherry-picked housing stats
A report published on 19 March by the CAJ News agency, and republished unchanged by News24, claims that Nigerians living in South Africa last weekend demanded that they be allowed a vote in South Africa’s upcoming elections.
Clayson Monyela, spokesperson for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, was reported as rejecting the “ridiculous and unacceptable demands”, relayed to him by a reporter, that Nigerians should be allowed a vote and even allocated ward council and parliamentary positions.
The article, which generated a lot of xenophobic comments on the website, criticising Nigerians, did not name a representative body or group that had made any such demands. Instead it suggested the reporter had spoken with some unnamed individuals.
Africa Check asked Monyela if he knew if any representative group had in fact made such demands and how the demands were presented.
“I don’t know how the demands were presented. I was responding to questions” from the reporter,” admitted Monyela. Africa Check’s efforts to contact CAJ News and the reporter were unsuccessful.
When asked by Africa Check about the basis for the report, an official of the Nigerian Consulate in South Africa was unaware of any such demands and unable to comment.
Baseless reporting on the views of minority national groups risks increasing xenophobia. – Africa Check 20/03/13
Today marks the beginning of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. In the Central African Republic, where thousands have been killed in sectarian violence, history appears to be repeating itself. What is genocide? How is it defined? And what role is the international community expected to play?
Never take the findings of an opinion poll for granted. Not all opinion polls and surveys are created equal and journalists should always interrogate the findings and question how a poll or survey was done. This guide examines the questions that should be asked.
So it’s official. The long overdue and widely anticipated GDP revision in Nigeria has arrived. And it was certainly worth the wait. It is bigger and better than anyone expected. Perhaps the most anticipated question was whether it would rank Nigeria above South Africa. It does.
- Democratic Alliance
- Jacob Zuma
- sexual violence
- Cape Town
- Nathi Mthethwa
- South African Police Service
- South Africa
- income inequality
- open data
It’s as easy to use charts and graphs to mislead as it is to educate. How to lie with data visualisations: http://t.co/fKMdc635…12:33, Thursday 17 Apr