Holding up to scrutiny the claims made by leading figures and institutions, such as the Institute for Race Relations (IRR), is the basis of a healthy democracy. And it is worrying to suggest otherwise.
It is widely reported that South Africa has the eighth highest suicide rate in the world, with a total of 23 suicides a day. But, as Africa Check discovered, no data supports this and the WHO warns against drawing international comparisons.
Media reported earlier this year that South Africa is home to five million immigrants, fuelling concerns that the country is ‘overrun’ by foreigners. Africa Check asked The New York Times for proof. We investigated the evidence they sent.
Newspapers reported that 1-in-3 South Africans is obese. This, they said, makes the country the most obese in the region. But the 1-in-3 claim is based on outdated data and care must be taken with rankings.