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.
A recent discussion on South Africa’s Talk Radio 702 put the practice of eating human placenta (ahem) on the table. While there are reports of some people doing it out of curiosity, a host of new mothers say they choose to eat their placenta for health reasons. Africa Check investigated.
Do twelve Africans die of hunger every minute? The claim was made recently by a senior food and nutrition adviser to Nepad, the African Union development programme. But the available data suggests the claim is exaggerated.
Amid mounting controversy over the accuracy of official crime statistics, the South African police have claimed that an index compiled by international consultancy IHS “vindicates” them. It doesn’t.
Is Zuma correct to claim that a million households were electrified in five years? It depends on who you ask
President Jacob Zuma claimed recently that more than a million South African households have been connected to electricity over the past five years. But, as Africa Check found, the source for the claim is unclear and numbers provided by different government departments vary significantly.
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.