Matter of Fact: Checking reports and statements made during #AlexShutdown

Electioneering will soon come to an end as the national elections are set to take place early next month.

Politicians have used various platforms to convince the country's electorate to vote for them, citing statistics and more promises.

President Cyril Ramaphosa recently brought his election campaign to Alexandra, after a week of protests about service delivery in the township.

Some news outlets reported that Ramaphosa promised to build a million houses for the residents of Alex. He has also been quoted as saying 4 million homes have already been built throughout the country.

Azania speaks to Africa Check researchers Kate Wilkinson and Naphtali Khumalo to verify the statement.

Not only do we have a Department of Human Settlements, we also have a department which releases data quite regularly about delivery, year by year and they actually have a historical record going all the way back to 1994 and 1995.

Kate Wilkinson, Senior Researcher - Africa Check

We actually see that government data doesn't support the president's claim that government has built 4 million houses since 1994.

Kate Wilkinson, Senior Researcher - Africa Check

The most recent data we have from 1994 to December last year, shows that government built just under 3.3 million houses. That is housing units - things like subsidised houses, rental accommodation, hostel upgrades and council houses where ownership has been granted to people who live in them.

Kate Wilkinson, Senior Researcher - Africa Check

Looking at a supposed promise by Ramaphosa to build 1 million more houses in Alexandra, Khumalo says this is fake news.

If you listen to the actual speech, you would hear that he did not say that. What he said was, he said the department of human settlements has a programme to build 1 million houses for the whole of South Africa.

Naphtali Khumalo, Researcher - Africa Check

It was wrong on two accounts, firstly that he said one million houses for Alex and that he said within five years.

Naphtali Khumalo, Researcher - Africa Check

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