Yes, cardiovascular disease is second leading cause of death in South Africa

Claim

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in South Africa after HIV/Aids.
Source: The South African Heart Association (29 September 2020)

mostly-correct

Verdict

World Health Organization data shows that infectious and parasitic diseases were the leading cause of death. HIV/Aids accounted for the majority of those deaths. Cardiovascular diseases were ranked second.

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As Nigeria turns to gold mining, researcher correct about high levels of child lead poisoning

Nigeria Gold Mining

Claim

Reports as recent as 2017 reported 92% prevalence of blood lead poisoning in children from some villages in the Nigerian state of Zamfara.
Source: Tosin Abdulsalam, environmental researcher (28 July 2020)

correct

Verdict

Several studies, including the one cited by the researcher, support the claim that lead levels were dangerously high in Zamfara due to unsafe gold mining.

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No, WHO hasn’t ‘unequivocally’ said South Africa is not ready to lift Covid-19 lockdown

Claim

The World Health Organization “unequivocally” declared that South Africa was not ready to lift the national Covid-19 lockdown.
Source: Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, Economic Freedom Fighters member of parliament (30 June 2020)

incorrect

Verdict

There is no evidence of the WHO making this statement. The organisation says it only provides guidance but governments have to make their own decisions.

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