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Electoral commissioner arrested for decade-old charity fraud – not for blowing the whistle on ‘vote-rigging’ in South Africa’s 2024 elections

An Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) official who blew the whistle on vote rigging in South Africa’s 29 May 2024 elections has been arrested. That’s the claim circulating on social media since late June. The election results were historic. The African National Congress (ANC) won just 40....

Wikipedia edit war not proof that South Africa’s new home affairs minister Leon Schreiber is ‘a Zimbabwean foreigner’

On the evening of 30 June 2024, South African president Cyril Ramaphosa announced his expanded cabinet in the country’s new government of national unity. A month earlier, Ramaphosa’s African National Congress (ANC) lost its 30-year parliamentary majority in elections held on 29 May. The ANC w...

Video of Nigerian military academy initiation goes viral with false claim it shows ‘Africans selling Africans’ to work in DRC mines

“Africans selling Africans in the Congo to work in the mines. 2024.” That’s the common caption for a video circulating on social media in May and June 2024. The 30-second clip shows dozens of dirt-covered men with shaved heads, wearing only shorts, huddled together on what appears to be ...

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