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Have South Africa’s commercial farmers declined from 120,000 in 1994 to 38,000? DA MP’s claim is misleading

22nd October 2020 Violent attacks on South African farms have again been in the headlines, following the murder of a young farm manager in early October 2020. Four... 

Kenya’s ex-prime minister Odinga mangles his numbers on government revenue share in Nigeria

25th September 2020 After months of an often fractious stalemate, in September 2020 Kenya’s senate hammered out a deal on how revenue would be shared  between the... 

Fact-checking influential TV presenter’s claims about child trafficking in South Africa

23rd September 2020 In September 2020 a video shared on social media showed a man appearing to try to snatch a child from a restaurant in the Roodepoort area of... 

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Factchecking Kenya’s chief justice on judiciary funding and backlog of cases

21st September 2020 To mark the tenth anniversary of Kenya’s constitution, broadcaster NTV interviewed current and former government officials on how the law has been... 

Police violence in South Africa: what do the numbers show?

14th September 2020 The death of a South African boy in August 2020 has sparked national outrage and raised questions about police violence in the country.  Nathaniel... 

No, WHO hasn’t ‘unequivocally’ said South Africa is not ready to lift Covid-19 lockdown

6th August 2020 South Africa’s nationwide Covid-19 lockdown was eased in April 2020. It was replaced with a risk adjusted strategy, where regulations are lifted or... 

Fact-checking president Ramaphosa: Have 51% of South African women experienced intimate partner violence?

6th July 2020 South Africa experienced a “dark and shameful week” in June 2020, according to president Cyril Ramaphosa.  In a statement on 13 June, Ramaphosa... 

Alcohol burdens hospitals, but no evidence for South African police minister’s ‘baffling’ numbers

2nd July 2020 South Africa has been in lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19 since late March 2020. During the early weeks of the lockdown, people could... 

No, Nigeria hasn’t found Covid-19 vaccine yet – but hunt is on

25th June 2020 Has Nigeria developed a vaccine against Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus?  News of this potentially significant development was... 

Up in smoke: Roughly R35m in tobacco tax revenues lost daily during South Africa’s lockdown

17th June 2020 Smokers in South Africa are grumpy. The sale of tobacco products has been banned in the country since a national lockdown was implemented on 27... 

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