At the opening of South Africa’s parliament, a member of the Economic Freedom Fighters party claimed that two ceremonial guards stationed at the doors “don’t belong” in the house and that no one with a criminal record may hold public office in the country. We scrutinised Mbuyiseni Ndlozi’s claims.
The Kenyan government argues that awarding pay raises to its increasingly agitated workers will squeeze the public wage bill. But some argue its elites are not subjected to the same standard. This factsheet sets out the evidence.
Following #FeesMustFall protests, South Africa has announced free higher education for students from poor and working-class families. This factsheet details the available places at the country’s 26 public universities, government’s subsidies and how the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) will operate in future.
The South African government’s nuclear ambitions are controversial. But are they likely to provide the country with the “cheapest source of electricity”, as claimed by the national power utility’s CEO?
The leaders of the ANC, DA and EFF – President Jacob Zuma, Mmusi Maimane and Julius Malema – pulled out all stops in their parties’ final local government election rallies at the weekend. But that included stretching the truth.
MPs are paid – and quite handsomely at that – to represent the public in parliament from money paid to the government by taxpayers. Africa Check looks at how much South Africa’s MPs earn, what they actually do and try to identify the hardest-working MPs from the available data.