Meet the UCT prof fighting fake news on the global frontline

Herman Wasserman is a hunter, but not the sort that carries a rifle. Wasserman has become one of Africa’s foremost fake news hunters. In the age of disinformation, his experience and ethics are increasingly sought after on the continent and beyond.

A University of Cape Town professor, with laser-beam eyes that belie his casual demeanour, Wasserman was awarded a R4.5m grant this year to spearhead a study in the Global South on disinformation “deliberately created to harm a person, social group, organisation or country”…