In the run-up to South Africa’s May 7 election, the Democratic Alliance pushed out a steady stream of “fast-facts” and statistics highlighting its performance in the Western Cape. This is the second of two reports evaluating key claims.
In the run-up to South Africa’s May 7 election, the Democratic Alliance has been pushing out a steady stream of “fast-facts” and statistics highlighting its performance in Cape Town and the Western Cape. This is the first of two reports evaluating key claims.
The leader of the African National Congress in South Africa’s Western Cape Province has claimed that 98% of landowners in the city of Cape Town are white and “people in the Jewish community”. But, as Africa Check discovered, South African property records only listed the race of owners prior to 1994 and not their religion.
The department of basic education claims to be replacing a “mud school” a week in South Africa’s impoverished Eastern Cape province. At face value, it would seem to be an impressive accomplishment. But as Africa Check discovered, the claims involve a heavy dose of spin.
In recent months a South African marketing research company has peppered local media outlets with headline-grabbing releases detailing the findings of their “cellphone” surveys of South African youth. The surveys do not provide true representation of youth opinion across the country yet much media coverage has been unquestioning.
Last month South Africa’s Daily Maverick website published an article which claimed that “Al-Qaeda is alive and well in South Africa”. Was it the thorough “year-long investigation” it purported to be or a “cut-and-paste” smear? Yael Even Or and Camila Osorio of GroundUp.org.za consider the unanswered questions.
Officials in Cape Town have claimed there are “only 600 bucket toilets in circulation” in the city and everyone has been offered an alternative. Municipal water and sanitation reports show both claims are wrong.