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Verifying key claims in SA’s 2018 State of the Nation address debate

20th February 2018 South Africa’s parliament squeezed in the debate on the State of the Nation address as well as the president’s reply before the budget speech is... 

Fact-checked: Pres Cyril Ramaphosa’s first-ever State of the Nation Address

19th February 2018 New South African president Cyril Ramaphosa was afforded calm and plenty of cheers as he delivered his first state of the nation address. Did he... 

Does Nigeria have 23% of world’s malaria cases, as a major insecticide maker claimed?

7th February 2018 In recent years, major insecticide brand Mortein is highly visible in anti-malaria campaigns in Nigeria. It often partners with state governments... 

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Zuma’s broken promise: Mpumalanga high court in SA not yet completed

6th February 2018 The State of the Nation addresses involves reflection on government’s achievements: how many households have been connected to electricity or how... 

No evidence that a child is kidnapped every 30 seconds in South Africa

1st February 2018 A picture of a young child, shoved into a box with her mouth duct-taped shut, accompanies a terrifying viral post shared on Facebook. “STOP HUMAN... 

Did ‘at least 50,000’ Nigerians die from terrorism in 2017?

25th January 2018 Attacks linked to Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria have claimed more than 120 lives this year, sparking reprisal attacks in what is seen as a struggle... 

Yes, education & jobs ‘belong to same WhatsApp group’, as SA’s Malema said

25th January 2018 Reiterating his party’s support for free higher education, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters told supporters that “education and... 

ANC job creation boast ignores SA’s increased unemployment rate

18th January 2018 In one of his first duties as newly-elected president of the African National Congress (ANC), Cyril Ramaphosa gave the party’s traditional “January... 

Has Nigeria’s president not built even a nursery school, as Jonathan aide claimed?

16th January 2018 Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has not built a single institution of learning, a former aide to his predecessor recently tweeted this to his... 

Do just 700 000 public workers gobble up half of Kenya’s taxes, as Ruto said?

14th December 2017 Kenya’s public wage bill is stubbornly defying government efforts to rein it in, a frustrated-sounding Kenyan deputy president William Ruto said.... 

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