Fact check: 2 big promises made in the EFF's election manifesto

Fact check: 2 big promises made in the EFF's election manifesto

- The EFF's manifesto contains bold claims about issues like unemployment and land reform

- But not all of the party's claims are supported by the facts

- Here's what fact-checkers had to say about the manifesto

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With elections around the corner, many political parties have come forward with ambitious manifestos  -  some more aspirational than implementable. 

One of the manifestos which has grabbed the most attention is the EFF's. It includes some bold and radical agendas.

But how accurate are the manifesto's claims?

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The EFF has proposed several policies to increase employment, describing South Africa's joblessness as severe. The party's manifesto says that 40% of South Africans who need work are unemployed, amounting to more than 9 million people.

According to Stats SA's Quarterly Labour Force Survey, this claim is true. This is clearly a major issue, and is likely to resonate with many voters.

However, when it comes to another hot-button election issue  -  land reform  -  some of the EFF's claims are not so accurate. For example, the party's manifesto alleges that the ANC government has bought less than 7% of a targeted 30% of land meant for redistribution over the last 25 years.

In fact, in this period the state purchased more than 8 million hectares for redistribution out of a goal of 24.6 million. This means the ANC government acquired 33% rather than 7% of its target, according to AfricaCheck.

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This is only a thin slice of all of the manifestio's proposals, but it reveals that some of the EFF's policies are grounded in incorrect data.

This suggests that while the EFF is trying hard to engage with issues that voters care about, some of its claims are more populist than factual.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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