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.
FACT CHECK: Mboweni claim that almost 100% of SA's restaurant staff are foreign
Africa Check takes a closer look at the claim made by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni that close to 100% of restaurant workers in South Africa are foreign.
FACT CHECK: Are there really 15 mln ‘undocumented foreigners’ in South Africa?
Africa Check takes a closer look at this recent claim by South African politician and businessperson Herman Mashaba.
FACT CHECK: Does SA have the world’s ‘worst levels’ of youth unemployment?
As the country looks to repair the economic damage caused by Covid-19 and the national lockdown, concerns about unemployment have risen.
FACT CHECK: Do nearly 7,500 children die from ‘hunger’ each year in SA?
Africa Check looks at the claim published on Daily Maverick that nearly 7,500 children under the age of five die annually in South Africa as a direct result of hunger.
FACT CHECK: Have SA’s commercial farmers fallen from 120,000 in 1994 to 38,000?
Africa Check unpacks the claim made by DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard that the number of commercial farmers in South Africa has fallen from 120,000 to 38,000.
FACT CHECK: Lerato Kganyago’s claims about child trafficking in South Africa
Africa Check takes a look at two claims made by influential South African television presenter and DJ Lerato Kganyago about human trafficking in South Africa.
ANALYSIS: No, that’s not Duduzane Zuma’s Twitter account. Here’s why
A Twitter account impersonating former South African President Jacob Zuma’s son, Duduzane Zuma, regularly dupes people into believing it’s the 36-year-old businessman’s official account.
FACT CHECK: Zweli Mkhize’s claims on SA’s ‘relationship with alcohol’
Africa Check looks at the claims by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize that although only 31% of the population drinks alcohol, South Africans drink more per person than anywhere in Africa. He also claimed that they are among the top drinkers in the world.
FACT CHECK: Does SA have the fifth highest COVID-19 infection rate?
Africa Check takes a look at the claim by The New York Times in August 2020 that South Africa has the fifth-highest COVID-19 infection rate in the world.
FACT CHECK: SA COVID-19 death rate among the lowest, but not the world’s lowest
How deadly has COVID-19 been in South Africa? Is the country’s death rate really the world’s lowest? Africa Check takes a look.