- The ANC made several ambitious promises in its 2014 election manifesto
- These included creating jobs and providing more antiretrovirals, among others
- However, the party broke a number of these pledges
Like any political party seeking to get elected, the ANC made a number of big promises in the run-up to the 2014 general election.
These included connecting 1.6 million more houses to the electricity grid and expediting the issuing of title deeds.
However, a closer look reveals that the ruling party failed to keep a number of these promises.
One of the major pledges made by the ANC in 2014 was its vow to double the number of people on antiretrovirals to 4.6 million by 2016, Briefly.co.za has gathered. This is relevant, as South Africa has an HIV prevalence rate of 13.1% - one of the highest in the world.
However, according to AfricaCheck, the ANC failed to meet its target. By 2017, the Department of Health said that 3.8 million HIV-positive people were on antiretrovirals. This is an improvement from 2014, but considerably less than the ANC's goal.
Another major broken election promise was the ANC's pledge to create 6 million jobs by expanding its public works programmes. According to the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure, roughly 4.5 million work opportunities were created in this time-span.
However, many people may have received more than one such work opportunity, meaning that the number of people who actually received employment from the projects was less than the reported 4.5 million.
This means that government fell short of its promise by at least 15%.
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