Helen Zille, the leader of South Africa’s opposition Democratic Alliance, says her party has the “best story to tell” ahead of the 2014 general elections.
Earlier this month, the DA launched a campaign that drew heavily on its performance in the Western Cape, the only one of South Africa’s nine provinces that is not held by the governing African National Congress.
The DA maintains that the “Western Cape Story” highlights the “great strides made in the province since 2009” and “really is a good story to tell”, one that could become “South Africa’s story” if the party comes to power.
In a video released on 7 March, the DA set out many of the claims that are key to the “Western Cape Story”. Africa Check investigated them.
Many of the DA’s claims relate to its performance in the Western Cape, the only province in the country that is not held by the governing African National Congress. This report – the first of two on the DA – evaluates a number of key claims made by the party on Twitter using the hashtag #DADelivers.
By their very nature, State of the Nation addresses are tricky to fact-check. They are written by committees, the product of many hands and input from many government departments and agencies. The facts and figures that make the final cut are carefully selected and often stripped of nuance and context to present the most positive picture possible.
This was President Jacob Zuma’s fifth State of the Nation address and the last of his current term. You can read his full speech here.
Being an election year, Zuma’s speech borrowed heavily from the African National Congress manifesto and reflected on the ANC’s claimed achievements over the past five years and twenty years. Viewed in isolation, many of the numbers he presented stand up. But they often lack context. We have endeavoured, as best we can, to evaluate Zuma’s claims within a broader context.
This is a look at some of the key claims that were made.
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe claimed recently that child hunger has been reduced significantly in South Africa since 1994.
“In 1994, over 25% of households with children said they had gone hungry at some point or another. In 2012, the figure had fallen to 6,5% — still unacceptably high, but a vast improvement nonetheless,” Motlanthe said in a speech at the Mail and Guardian’s “20 Years of Economic Transformation Summit” in Johannesburg.
Has there been a “vast improvement”? And is the comparison between 1994 and 2012 an accurate one? We set out to investigate.
An official curriculum vitae for Thandi Modise, the controversial Premier of South Africa’s North West province, contains a number of false claims and glaring factual inaccuracies, Africa Check has discovered.
Jacob Zuma has hailed the matric pass rate as a “significant improvement”. But is the education system “on the right track”? As we discovered, matric results are not a reliable barometer of education quality.