Fact check: What did the ANC promise in its last election manifesto in 2014?

Fact check: What did the ANC promise in its last election manifesto in 2014?

- The ANC has come out with an ambitious manifesto ahead of the elections

- But the party had similar promises in its 2014 campaign

- How well have they delivered on what they promised voters five years ago?

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It's election season again and the ANC has come out with an ambitious manifesto, promising economic growth and radical economic transformation.

But the party made similar promises back in 2014. Have they delivered?

Here's how the reality compares with what the ANC promised.

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According to Africa Check, the ANC promised to create 6 million new jobs by 2019. However, official statistics from the department of public works show that the actual number of work opportunities created is closer to 4,303,964.

This is a full 1.7 million short of their target.

Next up, the ANC's 2014 manifesto vowed to provide electricity to another 1.6 million homes.

The department of energy says that just over 1.1 million homes were added to the electricity grid in that time period - a decent achievement, but unless the government connects another 500 000 houses by the end of the year, they will be slightly below the number they promised. 

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Thirdly, the ANC pledged to clear out its backlog of title deeds. These title deeds refer mostly to RDP housing.

The government was facing a massive backlog in 2014, with an estimated 900 000 deeds (at least) still needing to be attended to.

Data from the department of human settlements indicates that only 250 000 title deeds have been issues in the last five years. This is a quarter of what the ANC said it would issue.

While these numbers may be somewhat unreliable, they paint a bleak picture. If they are even moderately accurate, they suggest that the ANC failed dramatically on this aspect of its manifesto. 

With elections on the horizon, it remains to be seen whether government will be able to keep its 2014 promises, let alone the ones for the next five years.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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