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 »
Nigeria: Correct? Nigeria's Kogi State Had No Working Fire Engine When I Took Over - Governor
The governor of Nigeria's Kogi state recently said there was no working fire engine for the region's 4.4 million people when he took office. We looked into this claim. Read more »
South Africa: Not #healthyliving - Why These City of Joburg Tweets Are Nonsense
The Johannesburg local government in South Africa has started tweeting "healthy living" tips to its sizable audience. Here are two instances where it should have rather stuck to… Read more »
South Africa: Is the EFF Correct That Military Officers 'Don't Belong' By SA Parliament's Door?
An Economic Freedom Fighters MP told the national assembly that two military officers stationed at the doors "must leave the house" as they "don't belong here". But the presence of… Read more »
South Africa: Facts or Alternative Facts? Zuma's 10th State of the Nation Address Checked
Africa Check sorted fact from fiction in the tenth State of the Nation address South Africa's President Jacob Zuma delivered. Read more »
Nigeria: Do SA, Nigeria Have Fewer Cardiologists for Their Populations Than Senegal?
Senegal has a better cardiologists-to-population ratio than countries like South Africa and Nigeria, a prominent Senegalese heart specialist said. We looked closely at the numbers. Read more »
Kenya: Is There 1 Police Officer Serving Every 390 Kenyans, As Kenyatta Said?
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta claimed that 1 police officer serves every 390 of his citizens, while the UN recommends 1 for every 450. We took on the case of checking whether… Read more »
South Africa: Reality Check - Are SA Pupils the 'Most Bullied' in the World?
South African pupils are "the most bullied kids in the world", according to the country's education minister. The Africa Check team sharpened their pencils to verify the claim. Read more »
Africa: Yes, South Africans Drink the Most in Africa
South Africans drink, get behind the wheel and cause thousands of road deaths per year, the BBC recently highlighted. In fact, the country's people drink on average the most of 53… Read more »
Nigeria: Do Fewer Than 20% of Nigerians Have Access to Oral Health Services?
Nigeria's health minister has claimed that at least eight in every 10 people in the country of an estimated 193 million lack access to oral health care services. What data is… Read more »
Africa: No, 70% of American Foreign Aid Is Not 'Stolen Off the Top'
The office of a US senator cited articles about Nigeria and Malawi as proof that more than two-thirds of American aid to developing countries is stolen. While theft is real there… Read more »
South Africa: Is Male Chauvinism to Blame for Nearly 80 Percent of Road Deaths in SA?
The "male stubborn and chauvinistic attitude" accounted for 78.4% of traffic deaths in the first 19 days of December 2016, South Africa's minister of transport claimed. How did she… Read more »
South Africa: 'Totally Out of the Question' That a Third of Malawi's Population Live in SA
South African television programme Carte Blanche investigated the fraught journey to South Africa many Malawians experience. But their hard-hitting figure that "almost one-third of… Read more »
South Africa: Zuma's ANC Birthday Speech - 6 Claims Fact-Checked
Cake was cut and songs were sung at South Africa's ruling party's 105th birthday celebrations on 8 January. This factcheck investigates six claims made in President Jacob Zuma'… Read more »
Nigeria: Nigeria Doesn't Have World's Most Butterflies
It may have been listed as a "fun fact", but the claim that Nigeria hosts more butterfly species than anywhere else is incorrect. Read more »