An opposition candidate recently claimed Nigeria generates less electricity now than it did at the end of military rule. The ruling party challenged observers to check the facts. Africa Check did, and found he was wrong.
The African National Congress has been in power in South Africa for twenty years. In the run-up to the May 7 election, it says it has a “good story to tell” about its performance over that period. This is the first of two reports evaluating key claims.
In the run-up to South Africa’s May 7 election, the Democratic Alliance pushed out a steady stream of “fast-facts” and statistics highlighting its performance in the Western Cape. This is the second of two reports evaluating key claims.
In the run-up to South Africa’s May 7 election, the Democratic Alliance has been pushing out a steady stream of “fast-facts” and statistics highlighting its performance in Cape Town and the Western Cape. This is the first of two reports evaluating key claims.
Never take the findings of an opinion poll for granted. Not all opinion polls and surveys are created equal and journalists should always interrogate the findings and question how a poll or survey was done. This guide examines the questions that should be asked.
President Jacob Zuma claimed recently that more than a million South African households have been connected to electricity over the past five years. But, as Africa Check found, the source for the claim is unclear and numbers provided by different government departments vary significantly.
The South African Police Service recently admitted that hundreds of serving police officers are convicted criminals. The figures are shocking but they fail to reveal the full extent of criminality in the police.
In recent months a South African marketing research company has peppered local media outlets with headline-grabbing releases detailing the findings of their “cellphone” surveys of South African youth. The surveys do not provide true representation of youth opinion across the country yet much media coverage has been unquestioning.