The ANC has claimed that 36-million South Africans have been given access to sanitation since 1994. If it were true, it would be a staggering achievement. But the claim is exaggerated.
How many Zimbabwean nationals live in South Africa? Estimates range from one to three million. But as Africa Check discovered, the numbers cannot be substantiated and the data is unreliable.
Eggplant, brinjal or aubergine — the dark-purple fruit has many guises; but is it also a colon cancer-fighting superfood as a prominent dietician would have Nigerians believe? As Africa Check discovered, there is no proof to support the claim.
Jacob Zuma’s spokesman says the president’s controversial comments that South Africans shouldn’t “think like Africans generally” and that highways in Gauteng province are “not some national road in Malawi” were “taken out of context”. But an audio recording of Zuma’s remarks reveals that he was quoted accurately.
Are 30,000 children really ‘trafficked’ in South Africa every year? The claim exaggerates the problem
Are 30,000 children “trafficked” into the sex trade every year in South Africa? Are 30,000 children “currently” being prostituted in South Africa? As Africa Check discovered, the estimates are not supported by available research.
President Jacob Zuma has claimed that South Africa is “one of only 12 countries where tap water is safe to drink throughout the country”. The claim is untrue.
No evidence to support ANC leader’s claim that 98% of property owners in Cape Town are ‘white’ and ‘Jewish’
The leader of the African National Congress in South Africa’s Western Cape Province has claimed that 98% of landowners in the city of Cape Town are white and “people in the Jewish community”. But, as Africa Check discovered, South African property records only listed the race of owners prior to 1994 and not their religion.
The department of basic education claims to be replacing a “mud school” a week in South Africa’s impoverished Eastern Cape province. At face value, it would seem to be an impressive accomplishment. But as Africa Check discovered, the claims involve a heavy dose of spin.
Can herbal remedies dissolve abnormal tissue growths in the uterus, known as fibroids? According to a recent article in Nigeria’s The Nation, there is proof they can. We found no evidence to support the claim.
Bling culture? Do South Africans really prefer smart clothes to good schools & health? What media reports left out
Media reports last month made a series of striking claims about what South Africans prioritise. The reports were based on one consultancy firm’s analysis of spending data. We checked it out.