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Report: Is South Africa home to more than a million asylum seekers? The numbers don’t add up

Reporting by Africa Check

Data suggests less than 400,000 pending asylum applications.

A recent report published by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees claims that there are more than a million asylum seekers in South Africa, and that the country is home to the highest number of unresolved asylum cases in the world. But the figure is based on a flawed reading of the available data.

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Report: Do 7 million SA girls miss school every month due to lack of sanitary pads?

Reporting by Africa Check

At last count, there were only 6.3 million girls in school across all grades.

Since 2014, various people have claimed that 7 million girls in South Africa are missing school every month because they don’t have access to or money for sanitary products. But there were only 6.3 million girls in school from pre-grade R to grade 12 at last count.


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