The under-reporting of crime undermines efforts to combat and prevent crime in South Africa. Only real, consistent and grassroots improvements in both policing and court services will change this, writes ISS analyst Lizette Lancaster.
How trustworthy are Africa’s gross domestic product figures? These all-important statistics have taken on a “dangerously misleading air of accuracy”, writes economic historian Morten Jerven in his book, Poor Numbers: How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to Do About It.
South Africa is in the middle of its annual “strike season” which runs from June to September. Frequently the media, government and mining houses refer to “illegal strikes”. Is this accurate? Can a strike be illegal? Not in terms of South Africa’s labour law.
Eskom CEO Brian Dames’ claim that annual rises of 16 percent in electricity tariffs will “not harm” the poor is wrong. The assistance proposed for the poorest will not shield them. Proportional to income, they will be hard hit.
Helen Zille is right to dispute claims by ANC leaders and others that opposition-run Cape Town is ‘more unequal’ than other South African cities. It is one of the most unequal cities in the world but other SA cities are more unequal still, UN figures show.
South African President Jacob Zuma claimed last week that the gap between rich and poor has been narrowing. The opposition DA claimed that it is growing steadily. A careful look at the statistics shows both are wrong,