June 23, 2016
South Africa: Do 15 Percent of SA's Population Have a Drug Problem? We Fact-Check 4 'Shocking Stats'
In a newsletter that goes to 700,000 medical aid members a health insurance company presented "shocking South African drug statistics". But are these claims factually accurate? Read more »
June 08, 2016
South Africa: Are There 30 Service Delivery Protests a Day in South Africa?
Protests continue to grip South Africa, but does the country experience "30 service delivery protests a day" as an opposition MP claimed in parliament? Read more »
June 07, 2016
Africa: Can Usain Bolt Outrun a Zika Mosquito?
Politifact is not saying that running is a zika prevention method... but they were curious whether Bolt really could outpace the virus-carrying mosquito, as he joked he could. Read more »
June 01, 2016
South Africa: Teen Pregnancies Not Increasing As BBC Claimed
A BBC.com headline, claiming that teenage pregnancies in South Africa are increasing, is not based in fact. Read more »
May 26, 2016
South Africa: Is the EFF Your 'Last Hope for Service Delivery'? We Evaluate Their Manifesto
The Economic Freedom Fighters are contesting their first local government election in South Africa. Ahead of the election on 3 August, we evaluate key promises in their manifesto. Read more »
May 24, 2016
Africa: Does Nigeria's Kaduna State Have More Gold Than South Africa?
The governor of Kaduna state in Nigeria, Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, told potential investors that the state has "all the data" to prove that it has more gold than South Africa. Where is… Read more »
May 19, 2016
South Africa: Is the ANC 'Advancing People's Power'? We Fact-Check Key Election Claims
The African National Congress rules the majority of South Africa's municipalities. Ahead of the local government election on 3 August, we fact-checked key claims in their… Read more »
May 10, 2016
South Africa: Are There 13, 14 or 15 Million Hungry People in South Africa?
Estimates of the number of hungry people in South Africa fluctuate around 14 million. The most recent nationally representative data suggests the figure is much lower. Read more »
May 06, 2016
Nigeria: Buhari's Claim Untrue - Journalists Are Being Detained and Harassed in Nigeria
While a speech of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari was read claiming that no journalist was being detained in the country, publisher Jacob Onjewu Dickson was sitting in a… Read more »
April 21, 2016
Africa: Does an African Child Die From Malaria Every 30 Seconds?
Earlier this year a science news website claimed that an African child dies of malaria every 30 seconds. But the latest and best estimate shows that it is just under every two… Read more »
April 19, 2016
South Africa: Mail Online's Claim of 400,000+ Poor Whites in South Africa Incorrect
The UK Mail Online claimed that more than 400,000 white South Africans live in poverty. National data suggests that the number is less than a quarter of that. Read more »
April 18, 2016
South Africa: SA Police - 'Don't Help Crying Children' Warning a Hoax
A post shared on social media warns that in South Africa crying children are being used to lure unsuspecting victims to criminals. Is this a legitimate threat? Read more »
April 14, 2016
South Africa: Just How Many People Do the Guptas Employ in South Africa?
When defending the Gupta family against criticism of "state capture", the head of their holding company claims that Gupta businesses employ more than 4,500 people in South Africa.… Read more »
April 13, 2016
South Africa: Are Children Older Than 12 Allowed to Have Consensual Sex, As Daily Sun Said?
Reporting on a 12-year-old girl falling pregnant with a 15-year-old boy, South Africa's biggest tabloid said children older than 12 can have sex as long as it is consensual. But… Read more »
March 13, 2016
South Africa: Was HIV Only SA's 9th Leading Cause of Death in 2006? Why Mbeki's Claim Is Misleading
Problems with the way HIV-related deaths are captured on official death certificates vastly underestimate the true death toll of the virus. Read more »
March 10, 2016
South Africa: Did a Christian Prophet Challenge Lions to a Fight in the Kruger National Park?
A story about a 'holy-spirit filled' Pretoria based ZCC prophet who was attacked by lions after challenging them to a fight has gone viral. But did it actually take place? Read more »
March 07, 2016
South Africa: Do 20 Percent of South Africa's Population Have Hearing Loss?
A media release by the University of Witwatersrand claimed that 20% of the South African population "have significant and permanent hearing loss", but the data was misinterpreted. Read more »
March 04, 2016
South Africa: Yes, Van Rooyen Is the Most (Academically) Qualified of Zuma's Finance Ministers
South Africa's president Jacob Zuma has defended his controversial appointment of Des van Rooyen as finance minister in December 2015 by saying he is "more qualified" than his… Read more »
March 03, 2016
South Africa: Data Shows No Bucket Toilets in Gauteng (Or Any SA School)
The head of education in South Africa's Gauteng province claimed no school in the province has bucket toilets. That is true, according to the data, but also for the rest of the… Read more »
March 01, 2016
South Africa: ANC's Five Million House Claim an "Error/Typo"
South Africa's African National Congress parliamentary caucus tweeted that 5 million houses have been built since 1994. The claim is incorrect. Read more »
February 25, 2016
Malawi: Does Malawi Have Just 300 Doctors for 16 Million People?
Politifact in the United States checked whether an NGO's claim about the number of doctors working in Malawi is true. Read more »
South Africa: SABC Got It Wrong - 88 Percent of South Africa's Police Members Not HIV+
Could "about 88%" of South Africa's police force be HIV+, as the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) recently reported? Africa Check inspected the evidence. Read more »
February 23, 2016
Africa: No, Arthritic Goat Milk Cannot Cure HIV
An Australian doctor's claimed that his treatment of milk from goats with arthritis has cured US actor Charlie Sheen and the entire island nation of the Comoros from HIV infection.… Read more »
February 17, 2016
Africa: Did African Travellers Introduce the Zika Virus to Brazil? It's Highly Unlikely
Africans are being blamed by doctors for bringing the mosquito-borne zika virus to South America, where an increase has been recorded in babies being born with an underdeveloped… Read more »
February 16, 2016
South Africa: Fact-Checking the #SONA2016 Debates
The State of the Nation address debates are underway in South Africa's parliament. Africa Check is fact-checking the claims being made. Read more »
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