Reporting on a 12-year-old girl falling pregnant with a 15-year-old boy, South Africa’s biggest tabloid said children older than 12 can have sex as long as it is consensual. But the statement is misleading.
Africans are being blamed by doctors for bringing the mosquito-borne zika virus to South America, where an increase has been recorded in babies being born with an underdeveloped brain. Is that plausible?
The United Nations has listed 29 parties in seven African countries that recruited and used children in armed conflict in 2014. How many children are currently involved and what is being done to end this practice?
Home Affairs officials have put in place strict new travel regulations, which they claim will help prevent 30,000 children being trafficked each year. We previously found this number to be exaggerated. Has new evidence emerged?
From May, the law requires South Africans to install car seats for babies and toddlers. The Times was wrong to claim recently that road crashes are the leading cause of all deaths among under-fives – though traffic accidents cause most injury-related deaths.
The world knows that hundreds of girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgents from a school in Chibok in northeast Nigeria on April 14. But how many were kidnapped and how many are still missing? This factsheet explains the numbers.
Do you “only need 30% to pass matric” in South Africa? It is a claim you hear every year at this time and one that has been given credence on social media and by some academics and politicians. But the claim is misleading. Here’s why.