Claims that white women are likely to be murdered by “unknown black males” amount to racial scare-mongering, writes Lisa Vetten. The vast majority of women who are murdered in South Africa die at the hands of their husbands, boyfriends and lovers.
A number of leading Malawian newspapers and websites have unquestioningly championed a supposed “wonder herb” that supporters claim can cure HIV, Aids and numerous other diseases and ailments. The claims are untrue, irresponsible and should be condemned.
Last month South Africa’s Daily Maverick website published an article which claimed that “Al-Qaeda is alive and well in South Africa”. Was it the thorough “year-long investigation” it purported to be or a “cut-and-paste” smear? Yael Even Or and Camila Osorio of GroundUp.org.za consider the unanswered questions.
A recent article published by a South African newspaper made a series of claims about the medical use of dates, the fruit of the date palm. In the first of series on health reporting and quackery, we examine the perils of peddling false information.
The BBC has reported that Cape Town has committed “millions of US dollars” to test the “world’s first environmentally friendly barrier shark net”, following five shark attacks in the Western Cape province over the past year. The report was wrong.
South Africa, a recent press release said, is “one of only twelve countries in the world where it is safe to drink…tap water” and the “quality of South African tap water is ranked third best overall”. The claim was widely reported. It is not true.
The number of rhinos being poached each year in South Africa is rising worryingly. But the reports this weekend that Kruger National Park could lose 1,000 rhino in 2013 are alarmist. The facts show a much lower trend.
A survey published this week claimed that a third of South African adults are regular drug users, dagga use has risen by 11% in the past year and the use of methamphetamines by a staggering 88%. While well-intentioned, the results of the survey are unrepresentative. More research – and more questioning by journalists – is needed.