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Our fact-check report of 2015... Has SA lost R700 billion to corruption since ’94?

corruption1For the first time since Africa Check was launched in 2012, we got you, our readers, to vote for the "fact-check of the year".

The report that came out tops was "Has SA lost R700 billion to corruption since ’94? Why the calculation is wrong", published in September 2015.

Here's what our executive director, Peter Cunliffe-Jones, had to say: "It was interesting to see that, while we always get a lot of readers for reports on more lighthearted topics, most votes went in the end to fact-checks on claims about really serious public policy issues in Africa, such as access to land, and the costs of education and corruption."

The corruption report was Africa Check's 8th most read report of 2015. The rest of the top 10 were:

  • #10 More claims of South Africa’s ‘spectacular transformation’ fact-checked (read report here)

  • #9 Is Zimbabwe’s adult literacy rate the highest in Africa? (read report here)

  • #8 Has South Africa lost R700 billion to corruption since ’94? Why the calculation is wrong (read report here)

  • #7 Zambia doesn’t hold 60% of southern Africa’s freshwater, but 4.5% (read report here)

  • #6 No, Zimbabwe is not the world’s second poorest country (read report here)

  • #5 Claim that Jonathan left Nigeria with 7 trillion naira deficit does not add up (read report here)

  • #4 How many barrels of oil stolen a day in Nigeria? Buhari in right ballpark with 250,000 (read report here)

  • #3 Taken for a ride? Kenyan county paid too much for US$1,000 wheelbarrows (read report here)

  • #2 Race, poverty and inequality: Black First Land First claims fact-checked (read report here)

  • #1 How much will it cost to go to a South African university in 2016? (read report here)


Chifundo Kadiwa from Malawi won the £100 incentive prize for voting. Congratulations!

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