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.
South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma, celebrated his government’s achievements in his sixth State of the Nation address. How did he fare?
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.
Jacob Zuma has hailed the matric pass rate as a “significant improvement”. But is the education system “on the right track”? As we discovered, matric results are not a reliable barometer of education quality.
Time to look back at some of the reports we published this year as we sifted fact from fiction, debunked urban myths, exposed dodgy data, investigated promises and claims by politicians and presidents and highlighted factual inaccuracies in media reports.
South Africa’s National Empowerment Fund says that 12,000 jobs were “sustained” over two years during the production of the film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. But the claim is false.
A Facebook post that went viral in 2013 made a series of claims about how South Africa has changed since 1994. Africa Check tested the evidence.