- The DA has made several bold claims about its land reform success
- Some of their statements are not totally supported by the facts
- Here's how the party's manifesto claims compare with reality
The DA, like all the major political parties, has been trying to woo voters in part with an ambitious manifesto.
As a result, their manifesto makes some sweeping claims about the current state of the country and how the DA would change things if it were elected.
But how accurate are some of the party's claims?
One of the major claims of the DA's election manifesto is its assertion that government land reform projects have a failure of around 92%. As evidence, the party pointed things such as the 5.9 million hectares of active farmland, of which 90% are no longer productive since being handed over to the people.
According to AfricaCheck, however, this claim is unproven. This is because few official statistics exist on the topic. Additionally, it is difficult to define successful land reform, so putting an exact number on it is all but impossible.
Following on this is the DA's assertion that their land reform projects in the Western Cape have had a success rate of more than 60% due to programmes like share equity schemes.
AfricaCheck found that this claim was similarly misleading, again because of a lack of reliable data. Furthermore, the DA based this claim on a sample of 135 land reform projects, rather than all of the province's land reform projects.
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