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Keegan Leech

Keegan Leech

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South Africa, don’t trust fake memo claiming opposition Democratic Alliance intends to undermine ‘coalition’ government

South Africa’s 2024 national election brought a major change for the country. For the first time since the first democratic election in 1994, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) failed to win an outright majority. After the results were announced on 2 June 2024, ANC leader Cyril Ra...

No, nothing suspicious about this video of special voting ballots being collected

Note: This report includes details about a developing news story. Information was, as far as possible, correct at the time of publication but may change rapidly. On 29 May, South Africans voted in national and provincial elections. The results have not been finalised at time of publication, but s...

No, person dressed in South Africa’s ruling party colours does not also work for electoral commission

Days ahead of South Africa’s national elections on 29 May 2024, social media users posted a photo of a person dressed in the colours of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) at a party rally. In another photo, the person is seen wearing the branding of the Electoral Commission of South Africa...

No, ‘mystery’ ballot papers have not been ‘discovered’ pre-filled with votes for South Africa’s ruling ANC

South Africa holds national elections on 29 May 2024, but many social media posts shared days before, particularly from supporters of the recently formed uMkhonto weSizwe or MK Party, claim to show ballot papers that have already been filled out. The Electoral Commission of South Africa, or IEC, ...

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