'Land and jobs manje!' Fact-checking promises in the EFF 2021 election manifesto
The Economic Freedom Fighters have made a significant mark on national politics but still do not govern any of the country’s municipalities. Africa Check examined what they’ve promised if they win control on 1 November 2021.
‘A promise of more’ - Fact-checking claims made in DA’s 2021 election manifesto
South Africa holds municipal elections on 1 November 2021. Africa Check takes a look at claims made in the Democratic Alliance’s election manifesto about the party’s achievements and challenges faced elsewhere.
‘Building better communities together’: Fact-checking the ANC election manifesto
South Africa will hold municipal elections on 1 November 2021. Africa Check looks at claims about service delivery, the economy and more in the election manifesto of the governing African National Congress.
FACT SHEET: Inside SA's grid electricity supply statistics
Electricity is a “foremost pressing issue” for communities across South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa says, as the country heads into local elections. Africa Check looks at what the statistics reveal about grid electricity supply in our nine provinces, and how it has changed since 1994.
FACT CHECK: Inside the figures for gun-related deaths in South Africa
Proposed changes to the primary firearm law, which the government says are needed to combat murder and gender-based violence, have prompted much debate. Africa Check takes a closer look at gun-related deaths.
FACT CHECK: No, Kenneth Meshoe, police are allowed to shoot in self-defence
A prominent member of parliament suggested South African cops can’t shoot back when shot at. He was backed up by senior police officials – but he’s wrong.
FACT CHECK: Does SA have world’s 2nd-highest rate of firearm-related deaths?
The Police Ministry has been making a spirited case for changes to the country’s primary gun law. But Africa Check states that not all its claims add up.
FACT CHECK: State of emergency would not make Dlamini-Zuma president
Calling a state of emergency would not strip President Cyril Ramaphosa of his powers.
FACTSHEET: Laws affecting LGBTI+ people in Africa
South Africa is often a destination for LGBTI+ people fleeing discrimination in other African countries. This factsheet looks at laws affecting these communities across the continent.
FACT CHECK: 9 claims about SA schools by AfriForum’s Ernst Roets
AfriForum’s head of policy and action Ernst Roets has rubbished the state of South African education. Africa Check sorted the wheat from the chaff in his claims.
ANALYSIS: What Africa Check found down the White Spiritual Boy Trust rabbit hole
Charges were laid at a Johannesburg police station in April, accusing President Cyril Ramaphosa of serious crimes from racketeering and high treason to theft and murder. Africa Check sifted through the 200-page affidavit and consulted experts to make sense of this strange tale.
FACT CHECK: Why the EFF is wrong to compare vaccines
After South Africa suspended the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the Economic Freedom Fighters urged “better” jab options. But as Africa Check explains, there really is no need to compare.
SPOTCHECK: JHB's mayor shares debunked and flawed SA rape statistics
Africa Check takes a closer look at the claim by the City of Johannesburg’s mayor, Geoff Makhubo, who tweeted in early April that South Africa has been confirmed to be the rape capital in the world.
HEALTH CHECK: Beware of social media posts promoting rooibos tea as a ‘cure-all’
According to the internet, one of South Africa’s favourite beverages, rooibos tea, can cure many ills. But are these claims accurate?
FACT CHECK: MP claims 70% of informal economy ‘in hands of non-citizens’
In response to the president’s State of the Nation Address, a member of Parliament questioned why most of South Africa’s informal economy is “in the hands of non-citizens”. Africa Check takes a closer look at this claim.
FACT CHECK: Does SA really have 15 million illegal migrants?
Africa Check takes another look at the claim which has resurfaced stating that there are 15 million illegal migrants in South Africa.
FACT CHECK: Does SA taxi industry transport more than 15 million people a day?
In arguing that taxi drivers should be considered essential workers when COVID-19 vaccines are rolled out, the taxi industry claimed it transports 70% of South Africa’s commuters, or more than 15 million people daily. Africa Check crunched the numbers.
FACT CHECK: ANCYL’s promotion of steam and pH ‘cures’ for COVID-19
Africa Check takes a closer look at two ‘remedies’ for COVID-19 being shared by the African National Congress Youth League in Tshwane.