2019 South African general election: Analysis and News

[LISTEN] Matter of Fact: A look at the DA's manifesto

Three claims made by the Democratic Alliance about health facilities and land reform projects in their manifesto, have been found to be either incorrect, unproven and misleading, according to Africa Check.

Senior Researcher Kate Wilkinson joined Azania Mosaka in studio to unpack these.

The first claim is that South Africa has a ratio of 1 clinic to 16,971 people, as opposed to the guideline of 1:10,000.

Africa Check says this is incorrect as the ratio in this claim does not reflect the current situation because it is based on numbers that date from the year of the previous general election.

When we asked them for the source of this information, we were surprised by their response. They did not give us recent information, they said the year it was from was actually 2014.

Kate Wilkinson, Senior Researcher - Africa Check

The second claim which states that national government’s failure rate of land reform projects is currently standing at 92%, has been found to be unproven.

Wilkinson says the claim is based on an untested statement made by Mathews Phosa. The party stated the failure rate as a fact despite knowing that there was no “proper” national audit on the success of land reform projects in South Africa. Currently, there is no research that supports the claim.

This is an important statistic, it throws a huge question as to whether these projects and land reform farms are actually successful. This statistic has been around [since 2010] or a very long time and it is repeated and recycled. There is not much to back it up.

Kate Wilkinson, Senior Researcher - Africa Check

The final claim is that the Western Cape’s land reform audit found that the provincial government’s pioneering commodity approach, and through innovative solutions like the share equity schemes, had led to the success of 62% of all land reform farms in the province.

Wikinson explains that the audit on which the claim is based did not review all land reform farms in the province. In fact, the provincial government does not know how many land reform farms there are.

She says the 62% only applies to 135 projects and to a period of four years.

What the audit actually did is it started with 246 projects, but of those 246, 135 projects were assessed - and of those, 84 were deemed to be successful. So the province does not know how many projects or land reform farms have occurred in the province.

Kate Wilkinson, Senior Researcher - Africa Check

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