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 »
February 11, 2016
South Africa: Did Zuma Get His #SONA2016 Facts Straight?
South African President Jacob Zuma delivered his ninth State of the Nation address. Africa Check is fact checking the claims he made on health, energy, finance and water. Read more »
February 10, 2016
South Africa: Virginity Testing 'Sacred' but Not a Science
An academic bursary awarded to young women who can prove that they are virgins has sparked debate in South Africa. What is virginity and is it possible to test for that? Africa… Read more »
February 09, 2016
South Africa: Is Soweto's Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital Really the World's 3rd Largest?
A huge hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg, claims that it is the third largest hospital on earth. Africa Check trawled the internet for information in support or contradiction. Read more »
February 05, 2016
South Africa: Did Zuma Keep His Word? Tracking Six State of the Nation Address Promises
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma is due to give his ninth State of the Nation address at the opening of parliament next week. Africa Check reviewed his previous addresses to… Read more »
February 01, 2016
Nigeria: Is President Correct That Boko Haram Are 'Not Holding Any Territory'?
During a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari claimed militant Islamist group Boko Haram are "currently not holding any… Read more »
January 21, 2016
Africa: Do 774 South Africans Become Jobless Every Day?
South Africa's Democratic Alliance party will be marching against high unemployment next week, a situation they blame on the ruling African National Congress under President Jacob… Read more »
January 18, 2016
South Africa: Are Spiked Oranges the Latest Hijacking Ploy in South Africa?
Are criminals planting nail-riddled oranges on South African roads to hijack motorists? Africa Check followed the trail. Read more »
January 13, 2016
South Africa: UN Stats Don't Show a Rape Occurs Every 26 Seconds in SA, As Sky News Reported
UK news channel Sky News reported that United Nations statistics show that a woman or child is raped every 26 seconds in South Africa. But this isn't the case. Read more »
January 06, 2016
South Africa: All W Cape Matrics Who Passed Eligible for Tertiary Education - but So Are North West's
The premier of South Africa's Western Cape province has claimed that for the first time in South Africa's democracy all the pupils who passed their school leaving exam in the… Read more »
January 05, 2016
Senegal: No, Senegal Will Not Be the First Sub-Saharan Country With Electric Trains
A minister and adviser to Senegal's President Macky Sall told viewers on New Year's Eve that a new train service the government is planning will be the first modern electric train… Read more »
November 19, 2015
South Africa: More Claims of Nation's 'Spectacular Transformation' Fact-Checked
The head of the Free Market Foundation argued there has been "spectacular" racial transformation in South Africa since apartheid ended. This is the second of two reports… Read more »
November 16, 2015
South Africa: President Slips Up - U.S.$13.4 Billion Invested in Renewables, Not U.S.$14 Million
South Africa has embarked on a major renewable energy programme, but President Jacob Zuma got his sums wrong talking about this at a G20 leaders meeting in Turkey. Read more »
November 02, 2015
South Africa: Has the Road Agency Created 29,120 Full-Time Jobs?
In a recent public relations drive, the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) stated on Facebook it has created 29,120 full-time jobs. But the claim is misleading. Read more »
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