Putting five statements made by President Cyril Ramaphosa under the microscope

Earlier this month President Cyril Ramaphosa launched a new government report looking at the progress South Africa has made since its democratic elections in 1994.

Africa Check researchers Cayley Clifford and Kate Wilkinson take a look at five claims made by the president in his address at the University of Mpumalanga.

The claims are the following:

  • 45,000 people received antiretroviral therapy from the public health sector in 2004.
  • Total university enrollment was “around 300,000” in 1994.
  • The size of the South African economy over the past 25 years has doubled.
  • South Africa remains the most unequal society in the world.
  • 84% of all households in South Africa have electricity.

According to Africa Check the first two claims are incorrect.

Baselines are important because they allow us to gage progress. If we have a look at the report that was released by the presidency on the day, the report doesn't back what the president says. The report itself says that there were 495,000 students in universities in 1994. Another estimate we have seen from the council on higher education puts the figure in 1994 at just over 500.000.

Kate Wilkinson, Acting deputy editor - Africa Check 

Commenting on the claim related to antiretroviral therapy Wilkinson says government was in fact providing 9,600 people with ARV treatment in 2004.

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