30 April 2014

South Africa: Africa Check - Has the ANC Moved South Africa Forward? We Examine Key Claims


South Africa's ruling African National Congress says it has a "good story to tell" ahead of the May 7 general election. Does the story stand up to scrutiny? This is the second of two reports evaluating key claims. Researched by Kate Wilkinson, Nechama Brodie and Sintha Chiumia for AFRICA CHECK.

Africa Check is a non-profit fact-checking website. Find them on Twitter @AfricaCheck or at AfricaCheck.org.

The African National Congress has been in power in South Africa for twenty years. Despite criticism of corruption, crime, poverty and inequality, its leaders are adamant that it has a "good story to tell" voters.

In his introduction to the party's 2014 manifesto, President Jacob Zuma wrote: "The lives of our people have vastly improved and South Africa is a much better place than it was before 1994... Our struggle has now reached the second phase, in which we will implement radical socio-economic transformation to meaningfully address poverty, unemployment and inequality."

In this - the second of two reports - we examine some of the key claims that the ANC has made in its election campaign. (Read the first one here.)

"In 2009 the number of contact crimes was 1,407 per 100,000 people. In 2012...

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