Which country has the largest private security industry in the world? South Africa ranks high, according to available data, but doesn’t bag the top spot.
Do you “only need 30% to pass matric” in South Africa? It is a claim you hear every year at this time and one that has been given credence on social media and by some academics and politicians. But the claim is misleading. Here’s why.
From the Boko Haram insurgency and the nightmare of Ebola, to quack cures and dodgy data, Africa Check fact-checked dozens of claims in several African countries this year.
It has been a stormy year in South African politics. We look back at our fact-checks of dodgy data, political spin, false claims, bogus qualifications and a bizarre conspiracy.
South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Correctional Services Thabang Makwetla has said that correctional facilities in South Africa are not the “disease-infested”, poorly serviced centres of public perception. Africa Check investigated the claim.
Will South Africa’s electricity grid collapse, plunging the country into weeks of darkness? Experts say it is possible, but unlikely.
South Africa’s last census estimated that there were 52-million people in South Africa. But recent newspaper reports cited claims by an academic that as many as 20-million people were not counted. The claim is unsubstantiated.
An opposition candidate recently claimed Nigeria generates less electricity now than it did at the end of military rule. The ruling party challenged observers to check the facts. Africa Check did, and found he was wrong.
The South African government recently claimed that young black women make up 37.5% of unemployed South Africans aged 15 to 34, and white men 31.5%. But it is really 49.1% and 1.1%.
Is a child raped every three minutes in South Africa? The claim has been doing the rounds since 2009 but the data is flawed.