The World Bank’s inequality rankings place South Africa at the top. Is this a “harsh exaggeration”, as politician Baleka Mbete said in an infamous TV interview? We examine the tricky business of defining and measuring inequality.
Dismissive quotes about white people have been attributed to Samora Machel and used in South Africa’s parliament. But experts – including Machel’s daughter – cast serious doubt on whether the late Mozambican leader ever said them.
Half the new ministers appointed by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa are women. But is the cabinet now “gender equal”, as many claim, both in numbers and the importance of ministries headed by women?
Politicsweb has challenged the conclusion that the data needed to calculate a farm murder rate simply doesn’t exist by producing its own fact-check – complete with previously unseen data. But there are questions about where these numbers come from, and whether they’re credible.
In South Africa, few subjects elicit as much debate and opinion as the country’s extensive social welfare programme. Does it indeed make people “lazy” and “dependent”? And is South Africa heading for a financial cliff because of it? We reviewed the research.