Ramaphosa called out for ‘incorrect’, ‘misleading’ claims
DURBAN - Two of the president’s claims have been found to be ‘misleading’, while one was found to be entirely incorrect.
AfricaCheck has done a fact check looking at some of the claims made by President Cyril Ramaphosa at his recent January 8 speech at the Ohlange Institute in Inanda, KwaZulu-Natal.
While five of the eight claims checked were found to be either “correct” or “mostly correct,” Ramaphosa’s other claims did not withstand scrutiny, with one declared “incorrect” and two declared misleading.
Africa Check, billed as “Africa’s first independent factchecking organisation,” found that Ramaphosa’s claim that the South African economy has tripled in size over the last 25 years was misleading, as it was based on World Bank rates for the country’s “nominal” GDP, which Economics professor Jannie Rossouw said would result in “completely distorted figures”.
Similarly, Ramaphosa’s claim that over seven million more people are employed today than were employed in 1994 was misleading, as it directly compares two surveys which used different methods.The fact check also found that the claim that before 1994, only three of every 10 people had electricity in the their homes was incorrect and has been debunked before.
In fairness to the president, the majority of the claims made during the speech were deemed either “correct” or “mostly correct”.