Fact Check: Mashaba claims SA data prices are highest globally

Fact Check: Mashaba claims SA data prices are highest globally

- The Competition Commission has found data prices in SA are too high and Herman Mashaba wants answers

- The former mayor called on both MTN and Vodacom to explain themselves

- Briefly.co.za explores the facts behind Mashaba's claim that SA's data is the most expensive in the world

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Following the release of a report by the Competition Commission, South Africans felt vindicated in their suspicions.

Briefly.co.za reported that data costs were found to be too high in Mzansi, with the report slamming it as 'anti-poor'.

Herman Mashaba, who is currently collecting the concerns of citizens, commenting on the situation:

"Outrageous! We have the most expensive data in the world, by far! MTN and Vodacom - I invite you to join the People's Dialogue and explain yourself."

READ ALSO: Vodacom blasts data report: Loses billions over commission findings

However, while Mashaba clearly had good intentions calling out the cellular network providers, his claim is not true.

Fin24 reported that South Africa ranked 143rd out of 230 countries when it came to the price of mobile data.

The cheapest place to buy a GB was India (about R3.70), while Zimbabwe proved the most expensive (about R1 070.20).

The cellular providers were given two months to drop prices or face prosecution, but both MTN and Vodacom have signalled their intention to challenge the findings.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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