SA Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced the 2013 budget on 27 February. Over a few days, we fact-checked some of the key claims and counterclaims made by the government and opposition. See how we think they did.
President Jacob Zuma gave the annual State of the Nation Address on Thursday night in Cape Town. We asked you to tell us which claims were the most significant and we fact-checked them. Some of them we are still checking. So how did he do?
Since strict gun controls came into force in 2004, gun crime in South Africa has fallen by more than 21 percent. Did the new controls cause the drop in gun crime as police claimed last week? Their data is inconclusive but cause of death figures from studies of mortuary statistics back their claim.
South African President Jacob Zuma claimed last week that the gap between rich and poor has been narrowing. The opposition DA claimed that it is growing steadily. A careful look at the statistics shows both are wrong,
The claim by the SA minerals ministry last week that exploration due to take place in the Karoo Basin will not involve hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” is misleading, and is contradicted in the ministry’s own report.
The ANC-led government has certainly outperformed some governments in delivering public services to its people – but not all governments worldwide. Claims otherwise, from government and opposition, are stretching the facts.
Protest in South Africa is on the rise and could lead to a fully-fledged revolt, according to Dr Johan Burger, senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies. The revolt part is speculative but the published figures do confirm the rise in unrest.