The claim that 28 percent of South African schoolgirls are living with HIV started with a remark by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, misreported by The Sowetan. Unquestioned, it has been repeated by media across the country and the world. The true rate is half that.
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.
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.