Blog post: ANALYSIS: Does stress have a colour?

South African president Jacob Zuma again referred to stress as “a white man’s disease” recently. Does medical research prove stress affects various races differently? Petrie Jansen van Vuuren investigated.


Report: No evidence to support ANC leader’s claim that 98% of property owners in Cape Town are ‘white’ and ‘Jewish’

An aerial photo taken on June 30, 2013 shows Table Mountain and central Cape Town, in South Africa. Photo: AFP/ Saul Loeb

The leader of the African National Congress in South Africa’s Western Cape Province has claimed that 98% of landowners in the city of Cape Town are white and “people in the Jewish community”. But, as Africa Check discovered, South African property records only listed the race of owners prior to 1994 and not their religion.


Report: Why social network surveys don’t necessarily reflect the views of SA youth

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.


Report: Are SA whites really being killed ‘like flies’? Why Steve Hofmeyr is wrong

South African musician Steve Hofmeyr has claimed that the number of white South Africans killed by blacks would fill a soccer stadium, that white Afrikaners are being killed “like flies” and that a white farmer is murdered every five days. But the claims are incorrect and grossly exaggerated. In fact, whites are less likely to be murdered than any other race group.


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