Fact check: Was the DA's Western Cape jobs claim lying or not?

Fact check: Was the DA's Western Cape jobs claim lying or not?

- Some have alleged that the DA manifesto's job creation claims are incorrect

- However, closer inspection indicates that theyt were accurate, just out of date

- The figures date back to the third quarter of 2017, rather than the fourth quarter

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In the DA's election manifesto, the party claims that 50% of all new jobs created were created in the DA-led Western Cape.

However, some have alleged that the DA lied by making these claims.

Indeed, while the DA's stats are accurate, they are slightly out of date.

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According to data released by Statistics South Africa, 95 000 net jobs were created in the Western Cape from the third quarter of 2017 until the third quarter of 2018.

In the country as a whole, the number of nett created jobs for this period was 188 000. As a result, the DA's claim that 50% of all job creation occurred in the Western Cape is accurate.

However, the statistic is slightly misleading. This is because the DA included it in their 2019 manifesto. However, at the time of publication, newer job stats were available. 

This data shows that between the fourth quarter of 2017 and the fourth quarter of 2018, 358 000 jobs were created. During this time, 29 000 were created in the Western Cape, according to Africa Check.

In this time period, the jobs created in the Western Cape make about just over 8% of the national total, as opposed to 50%, Briefly.co.za has gathered.

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So, in conclusion, the DA's figures were correct - just out of date.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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