Nigeria: Are 30 of Nigeria's 36 States Behind On Pension Payouts?
For decades, the plight of retired people in Nigeria has been dire. Pensioners have died while queueing for their cheques while many don't receive them at all. Are most of… Read more »
Africa: WHO Figure Wrong - 11% of Births in Sub-Saharan Africa to Teens - Not 50%
Until Africa Check started looking into it, the World Health Organization said on the French version of their website that a startling half of births in sub-Saharan Africa are to… Read more »
South Africa: Are Fewer Than 6,000 Babies Born HIV+ Every Year, As Zuma Said?
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma highlighted the success of his administration's HIV policies in parliament recently. Does official data back up his claim that fewer than 6,000… Read more »
South Africa: Can You Trace a Missing Person Using Their Phone's IMEI Number... Even When It's Off?
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Africa: Are Mexican Farmers Benefitting From Kenya's Maize Crisis?
Raila Odinga, Kenya's main opposition candidate, claimed that foreign maize farmers are benefiting at the expense of Kenyan growers following a food crisis. We weighed up the… Read more »
South Africa: Levels of Child Sexual Abuse Even Higher Than Activist Claimed
A South African activist said in radio interview that a quarter of girls and 17% of boys would be sexually abused before their 18th birthday. This turned out to be an… Read more »
Nigeria: Buhari and APC's Campaign Promises - Appraising 9 Pledges 2 Years On
Nigeria's 2017 Democracy Day - celebrated every year on 29 May - marked the 2nd anniversary of President Muhammadu Buhari's All Progressive Congress government. Read more »
South Africa: No Evidence for Govt's 'Truly Amazing' House Delivery Rate
South Africa's housing minister claims that her department delivers 1,200 houses per day. Departmental statistics suggests it's a third of that. Read more »
Africa: Is 80% of Africa's Population Without Electricity?
The head of Africa at the World Economic Forum recently said that only about 20% of Africans have access to electricity. We pulled the data. Read more »
South Africa: Does Rooibos Tea Reduce Stress Hormones, Helping You Lose Weight?
The idea that South Africa's iconic rooibos herbal tea can help you lose weight frequently pops up in publications. Read more »
South Africa: Is Suicide the 3rd Leading Cause of Death for Ages 15-24?
A South African community newspaper has claimed only car accidents and murder kill more young people in the country. The data doesn't support the claim. Read more »
Kenya: Is Nairobi's Governor Right That the City 'Never Had' a Development Plan Before Him?
Nairobi governor Evans Kidero claimed that when he was elected in 2013, he inherited a city that "never had" a development strategy before. But Africa Check counted several growth… Read more »
South Africa: President Zuma's Track Record - 7 Claims About #progress Fact-Checked
In a series of tweets, the South African presidency presented governmental progress in celebration of President Jacob Zuma 75th birthday. Our readers voted for these 7 claims to be… Read more »
Africa: Do Dairy Products Increase Your Risk of Cancer?
Could dairy products such as milk, cheese and yoghurt increase your risk of cancer? We put this alarming assertion under the microscope. Read more »
South Africa: No, Higher Education Budget Has Not Increased 6 Times Under Zuma
A South African minister held that the country's budget for higher education had "multiplied 6 times" under President Jacob Zuma. But treasury figures do not back this up. Read more »
Nigeria: Nigerian Girls' Plight - Claims About Teen Marriage & Pregnancy Fact-Checked
A vocal Nigerian Islamic ruler told elites from the country's northern region earlier this year to stop building mosques and rather channel resources to educating girls and… Read more »
South Africa: How Many SA Municipalities Lose More Than 37 Percent of Their Water?
World Water Day was celebrated this week, placing the spotlight on the frugal use of this resource. It's then worrying to report that the water records of most South African… Read more »
Africa: No, There Is No 'Miracle Recipe' That Cures Diabetes
A Philippine doctor claims to have discovered a recipe - consisting of sweet peppers, eggs and sea salt - that eliminates diabetes "in five minutes". But it has not been… Read more »
Nigeria: Is It So Bad in Nigeria's North-East That Almost All Children Under 5 Have Died?
The New York Times tweeted that almost all children younger than 5 have died in north-eastern Nigeria, where the terror group Boko Haram has displaced nearly 1.8 million people. Read more »
Africa: Videos Supposedly Showing 'Carnage of Foreigners' Unlikely From South Africa
Two graphic, violent videos are being shared online as examples of xenophobic violence against foreigners in South Africa. However, online verification tools suggest their source… Read more »
South Africa: Is South Africa 'Feeding Its People Toxins', As the IFP Alleges?
Calling for a probe into "a possible crime against humanity", a South African political party wants to halt the use of a weed-killer on major food crops. But do claims by the… Read more »
South Africa: Afrikaans Schools Produced 16 Percent of SA's Maths Distinctions - Not 88 Percent
Author and Afrikaner activist Dan Roodt incorrectly tweeted that pupils from Afrikaans schools bagged 88% of the country's mathematics distinctions. Read more »
Kenya: Is Salaries 'Only One' of 31 Items in Striking Doctors Deal?
A commentator on Kenyan national television said that only one of the demands by the country's long-striking doctors was about pay. We dissected the agreement at the centre of the… Read more »
South Africa: Claim That 13 Million International Migrants Live in South Africa Wildly Incorrect
A South African political party leader's incorrect claim that 13 million foreign-born migrants live in the country is in part based on a debunked claim shared by an investigative… Read more »
South Africa: No Data Shows That 800,000 Nigerians Live in South Africa
As xenophobic violence rears its head again in South Africa, a widely quoted figure of how many Nigerians live in South Africa is completely unsupported. Read more »
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