Fact-checking president Ramaphosa: Have 51% of South African women experienced intimate partner violence?

Claim

As many as “51% of South African women have experienced violence at the hands of someone with whom they are in a relationship”.
Source: South African president Cyril Ramaphosa (13 June 2020)

incorrect

Verdict

The most recent, nationally representative data, from 2016, shows 26% of South African women reported intimate partner violence in their lifetime.

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Minister Zulu wrong. South Africa ranks high, but not ‘number one in the killing of women’

Claim

South Africa is “number one in the killing of women” internationally.
Source: Lindiwe Zulu, South Africa’s minister of social development (25 June 2020)

incorrect

Verdict

The most recent numbers indicate that while the rate that South African women are killed is nearly five times the global average, three other countries are ahead in this grisly ranking.

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Up in smoke: Roughly R35m in tobacco tax revenues lost daily during South Africa’s lockdown

Claim

South Africa is losing R35 million every day in tax revenue because of the ban on cigarettes.
Source: Yusuf Abramjee, founder of Tax Justice South Africa (29 April 2020)

mostly-correct

Verdict

Excise tax revenues for tobacco sales in April 2020, the first full month of the Covid-19 lockdown, were down more than R36 million daily compared to April 2019.

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