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Nigeria presidential candidate misses mark with claim about country’s ‘illegal’ 2023 budget

8th November 2022 Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari tabled his last budget in October 2022. He will step down after elections in February 2023. At N20.5 trillion... 

Overstaffing and billions in salaries? Fact-checking viral claims about South Africa’s power utility Eskom

4th November 2022 South Africa’s State-owned power utility Eskom is never far from public attention due to debilitating countrywide electricity blackouts that began... 

Nigeria’s ruling party not solely responsible for rail development, as its presidential candidate claims

3rd November 2022 The sole credit for developing Nigeria’s railway system goes to the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), claims Bola Tinubu, the party’s... 


60% of South African consumers debt free? Popular Twitter account mangles study findings

1st November 2022 According to a September 2022 tweet from Africa Facts Zone, 60% of South African consumers were living debt free in 2021.  Given unemployment in... 

Liberia peacekeeping ‘largest operation in Africa in the history of the UN’? Fact-checking prominent economist’s claims

11th October 2022 Four years after United Nations (UN) peacekeepers officially left Liberia in 2018, debate still continues in the country over the legacy of the... 

Thousands of migrants have jobs in Eskom, Vodacom and South Africa’s government? No, viral message plain wrong

10th October 2022 “The level of hate the SA government has for its citizens is not surprising.” That’s the final sentence in a much copied and pasted message... 

#NigeriaDecides2023: Ruling APC party chiefs fall flat with TV claims about the economy

14th September 2022 Nigeria’s election campaign season only officially begins 28 September 2022, but political parties are already in top gear in the race to win over... 

The number of South African police is declining, but minister gets the figures wrong – and what they represent

5th September 2022 With crime statistics from April to June 2022 showing increases in multiple crime categories, South Africa’s policing system has been under sharp... 

No publicly available data supports claim that 80% of women who give birth at South African hospital are undocumented Zimbabweans

26th August 2022 In August 2022 Phophi Ramathuba, the government’s head of health in South Africa’s Limpopo province, caused a stir when she was recorded... 

No, South African MPs are generally not paid less than their international counterparts

16th August 2022 How much South Africa’s top government officials earn is always a hot topic. Amid rising inflation, fuel price hikes and rolling electricity... 

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