The African National Congress has been in power in South Africa for twenty years. In the run-up to the May 7 election, it says it has a “good story to tell” about its performance over that period. This is the first of two reports evaluating key claims.
Since we launched this project in 2012, the Africa Check team has produced dozens of reports on topics from fake health cures to the impact of electricity pricing on the poor. To seek reports on particular topics, view related tags or use the search window at the top of this page.
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.
In the run-up to South Africa’s May 7 election, the Democratic Alliance pushed out a steady stream of “fast-facts” and statistics highlighting its performance in the Western Cape. This is the second of two reports evaluating key claims.
In the run-up to South Africa’s May 7 election, the Democratic Alliance has been pushing out a steady stream of “fast-facts” and statistics highlighting its performance in Cape Town and the Western Cape. This is the first of two reports evaluating key claims.
Zambian vice-president Guy Scott has reportedly claimed that Zambia has “the fastest-growing population in the world”. The claim is not supported by the available data.
Kgalema Motlanthe has claimed that the percentage of households with children that have gone hungry “at some point” has fallen from “over 25%” in 1994 to 6.5% in 2012. The claim is incorrect.
Where is the “rape capital of the world”? Is it South Africa or the Democratic Republic of Congo? What does the phrase even mean? A reader asked us to investigate the claims.
An official curriculum vitae for Thandi Modise, the controversial Premier of South Africa’s North West province, contains a number of false claims and glaring factual inaccuracies, Africa Check has discovered.
You don’t need pills to treat depression. That is the startling claim made recently in the lifestyle section of a prominent South African news website and at least two weekend newspapers. But the claim is a gross simplification of a complex issue.