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.
Last week the news website Zambian Eye promoted pumpkin and tamarind as ‘super foods for diabetes’. Research indicates concentrated elements in both may, in future, be useful in managing diabetes. It does not support the site’s misleading claims about the foods or the disease.
Media and charity reports last month predicted that by 2015 road accidents will become the biggest killer of children aged 5 to 15 in sub-Saharan Africa. Wrong. The claim is based on old and faulty data.
Earlier this month, the World Food Programme warned that 2.2 million people in Zimbabwe will need food aid in the coming months. Evidence suggests hunger is growing in some areas in particular. But are the numbers right or do they exaggerate the problem?