[LISTEN] Matter of Fact with Africa Check - scrutinising party statements

Political parties have completed the final leg of their rallies with only two days left until the 2019 national elections.

Non-profit organisation Africa Check, which has been keeping tabs on statements made by party leaders over the electioneering period, has taken a final look at claims made over the past few days, focusing on the three major parties - the African National Congress (ANC), Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

Africa Check senior researcher Kate Wilkinson looks at three claims made by the likes of President Cyril Ramaphosa, who recently shared a tweet on the total number of people employed over the past five years that Wilkinson says is a 'little bit of a stretch'.

If we look at the most recent figure, the last data we have is from October to December 2018 and in that period 6.5 million people were employed in South Africa. He is right about the number of people currently employed but if we jump back five years we see that about 15.2 million people were employed and so that brings the increase to about 1.32 million jobs. So a little bit short.

Kate Wilkinson, Senior researcher - Africa Check

A claim made by the DA in the party's manifesto states 50% of all new jobs in South Africa in the past year were created in the Western Cape.

Wilkinson says the statistic which refers to the third quarter of 2017 to the third quarter of 2018 is correct but there is more. She explains why the statement is misleading.

The time frame they were referring to was accurate but the claim refers to the past year and when they published their elections manifesto on the 23rd of February. This wasn't the most recent data that was available. On the 12th of February new employment data had been released and when we look at that we see a very different picture.

Kate Wilkinson, Senior researcher - Africa Check

This is also a year but refers to quarter four of 2017 and quarter four of 2018. When you look at that period, the Western Cape contributed 8% of jobs.

Kate Wilkinson, Senior researcher - Africa Check

Speaking on the EFF's statements on land, Africa Check debunked the claim that 80% of the population continues to occupy less than 10% of South Africa's land.

Wilkinson says the formula used to come to this conclusion is flawed and wrong. She says the party has relied on some figures which are outdated.

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