Agitating that #DataMustFall, some have claimed that South Africans spend close to a quarter of their income on data. But surveys from South Africa’s national statistics agency and the University of Cape Town tell a different story.
Holding up to scrutiny the claims made by leading figures and institutions, such as the Institute for Race Relations (IRR), is the basis of a healthy democracy. And it is worrying to suggest otherwise.
News media have claimed that protests have nearly doubled in South Africa since 2010. But limitations in the way police record incidents such as protests mean their data cannot be used to substantiate the claim.
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.