The reality of accessing government information in Africa is often at odds with the legislative frameworks in place to ensure the “right to know”. This factsheet looks at the state of freedom of information on the continent, as well as developments that have changed the legislative landscape.
Who owns crime statistics? “In South Africa, the crime statistics are seen as information that belongs to the police which they reluctantly share with the public and other government departments from time to time,” writes Gareth Newham, a senior analyst at the Institute for Security Studies.
How trustworthy are Africa’s gross domestic product figures? These all-important statistics have taken on a “dangerously misleading air of accuracy”, writes economic historian Morten Jerven in his book, Poor Numbers: How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to Do About It.
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.