Fact check: Studying political parties' statements ahead of elections

Fact check: Studying political parties' statements ahead of elections

This past weekend saw political parties finishing the last of their rallies ahead of the 2019 general elections. Briefly.co.za takes a look at three statements made by each of the major political parties and if they are true or simply lip-service.

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The rallies have come to an end for this election season and, while the campaigning continues on the ground today, things are set to settle down for the time being.

Months of hard work for South Africa's political parties has drawn to a close and tomorrow the nation will take to the polls to cast their votes.

Briefly.co.za takes a look at promises made by the ANC, DA and EFF and sees how much truth was behind the comments made by political leaders.

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  1. African National Congress

President Cyril Ramaphosa recently claimed that 1.5 million new jobs were created in the space of the last five years, bringing the total number of employed in SA to 16.5 million.

Africa Check, a fact-finding organisation, says that the total figure is slighly bloated, with the latest data indicating that 15.2 million people were employed, with 1.32 million jobs created.

2. Democratic Alliance

The leading opposition party claims that 50% of all new jobs in South Africa for the past year were created in their Western Cape stronghold.

Kate Wilkinson, a senior researcher, feels that the statement is misleading because if you look at the most recent data, the Western Cape contributed only 8% of jobs, however that statement is correct for a different time period.

3. Economic Freedom Fighters

The red berets claimed that 80% of the population occupies less than 10% of the land in the country.

According to Wilkinson, the formula used to come to this conclusion was flawed and reliant on outdated figures.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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