Do 80% of South Africans regularly consult traditional healers? Do most black South Africans choose traditional healers over medical doctors and primary healthcare facilities? The claims are false.
Since we launched this project in 2012, the Africa Check team has produced dozens of reports on topics from fake health cures to the impact of electricity pricing on the poor. To seek reports on particular topics, view related tags or use the search window at the top of this page.
Weeks into the corruption scandal known as “cashgate” Malawi’s presidency met late last month with officials of the International Monetary Fund to review funding agreements. A press release by the presidency on IMF’s statement told half the story.
From Tanzania to Swaziland, newspapers continue to report breakthrough “cures” for HIV/AIDS. As the world marked World AIDS Day yesterday, Africa Check investigated the evidence behind just three recent claims.
A Facebook post that went viral in recent weeks made a series of claims about how South Africa has changed since 1994. Africa Check tested the evidence.
A recent discussion on South Africa’s Talk Radio 702 put the practice of eating human placenta (ahem) on the table. While there are reports of some people doing it out of curiosity, a host of new mothers say they choose to eat their placenta for health reasons. Africa Check investigated.
Do twelve Africans die of hunger every minute? The claim was made recently by a senior food and nutrition adviser to Nepad, the African Union development programme. But the available data suggests the claim is exaggerated.
Amid mounting controversy over the accuracy of official crime statistics, the South African police have claimed that an index compiled by international consultancy IHS “vindicates” them. It doesn’t.
Is Zuma correct to claim that a million households were electrified in five years? It depends on who you ask
President Jacob Zuma claimed recently that more than a million South African households have been connected to electricity over the past five years. But, as Africa Check found, the source for the claim is unclear and numbers provided by different government departments vary significantly.
How many Zimbabwean nationals live in South Africa? Estimates range from one to three million. But as Africa Check discovered, the numbers cannot be substantiated and the data is unreliable.