President Jacob Zuma gave the annual State of the Nation Address on Thursday night in Cape Town. We asked you to tell us which claims were the most significant and we fact-checked them. Some of them we are still checking. So how did he do?
The South African Council of Churches was wrong to claim last week, ahead of the latest horrific incident, that we can assume a link between the availability of pornography and the incidence of rape. No evidence of this exists. Other factors are the key to the high number of rapes.
The plans announced this month by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to build a 1,111-bed hospital are based on earlier bogus claims he had found a ‘cure’ for HIV/AIDS. Similar dodgy claims for ‘cures’ and ‘immunity boosters’ are often marketed across the continent.
Matric results are getting better. This is good news for the students concerned. But the minister of education is wrong to say the results show government strategy is ‘improving education quality’.
The Sunday Independent this week ran an article on a new report by a group of scientists claiming that the positioning of cell phone masts in residential areas is linked to incidence of cancer. The article overplayed the evidence.
While evidence that women drink too much while pregnant is widespread, no research backs Sky News’ claim that South African mothers drink heavily deliberately to damage their unborn babies and claim disability benefits.
Since strict gun controls came into force in 2004, gun crime in South Africa has fallen by more than 21 percent. Did the new controls cause the drop in gun crime as police claimed last week? Their data is inconclusive but cause of death figures from studies of mortuary statistics back their claim.
Eskom CEO Brian Dames’ claim that annual rises of 16 percent in electricity tariffs will “not harm” the poor is wrong. The assistance proposed for the poorest will not shield them. Proportional to income, they will be hard hit.
Helen Zille is right to dispute claims by ANC leaders and others that opposition-run Cape Town is ‘more unequal’ than other South African cities. It is one of the most unequal cities in the world but other SA cities are more unequal still, UN figures show.
The department of health says that 96% of South African children receive all necessary vaccinations. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says only 64% do. In fact, the data is flawed, undermining both their claims.