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Report: Does the DA deliver?

2014-03-25 17:46
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Bloemfontein - Africa Check published a report which questions the pre-election claims being made on Twitter by the DA.

The report investigates the DA's claims relating to its performance in the Western Cape, the only province in the country that is not held by the ANC. It evaluates a number of key claims made by the party on the social network using the hashtag #DADelivers.

According to their website Africa Check is a non-partisan fact-checking website, based in African journalism schools, using journalistic skills and crowd-sourced info, to hold leaders to account.

Claim

In the 2nd half of 2012/13, the WC Provincial Govt. created 60 000 work opportunities via the Expanded Public Works Projects. #DAdelivers

Fact

According to Africa Check the DA’s former social media manager, Alex Molteno, said the claim was based on the Expanded Public Works Programme’s second quarterly report for 2012/13. But according to that report, 68 044 work opportunities were created in the Western Cape in the first half of 2012/13, not the second half as stated in the DA’s tweet.

According to the report, if the claim was based on the first half of the year, then it understated performance.

The third and fourth quarterly reports - which cover the second half of the year - have yet to be released and it is unclear how many work opportunities were created then.

Claim

@DA_News municipalities have created 31 000 job opportunities in the past year. #DAdelivers

Fact

This claim appears to have first been tweeted by Gavin Davis, the DA’s communications director. It was then recycled by the DA which tweeted it on several different dates including 18 September, 2 October, 18 November and 30 December 2013. The claim was also included in the party’s 2014 election manifesto, the report states.

It questions whether the claim refers to a calendar year, a financial year or a specific 12 month period. If it was the latter, then - given the fact that the tweet was used on several different dates - which 12 month period did it refer to?

According to the DA, the claim is supported by the Expanded Public Works Programme's second quarterly report for 2012/13.  But that report states that 18 104 work opportunities were created in Western Cape district and metropolitan municipalities between 1 April 2012 and 30 September 2013. A further 7 491 work opportunities were created during the same period in Western Cape local municipalities - which totals to 25 595.

Claim

W Cape has best delivery record in SA: 99.1% of households access piped water, 93.4% electricity & 96.9% have toilet facilities. #DAdelivers

Fact

According to the DA, the claim is supported by data collected during South Africa's 2011 national census.

The census found that 99.1% of households in the Western Cape had access to piped water and 93.4% of households used electricity for lighting. It is in second place, after Gauteng, with 96.9% having access to toilets.

Claim

The City of Cape Town delivers more to poor residents than any other city in the country. #DAdelivers

Fact

The DA says the claim is supported by a 2011 report on household access to basic services which was compiled by the national government’s department of co-operative government and traditional affairs, Africa Check reports.

The report, which in fact used data from 2009, ranked the City of Cape Town first in the country for providing services to households. It stated that 90% of households there had achieved basic service levels and 88% had achieved higher service levels. It’s important to note that the report referred to “the levels of household access to basic service” throughout the city and did not refer specifically to poor residents.

Claim

8 of the top 10 South African municipalities in the Municipal IQ’s Productivity Index are governed by @DA_News. #DAdelivers

Fact

This claim has been tweeted a number of times since November 2013 and is said to have been taken from Municipal IQ’s 2013 Productivity Index. Municipal IQ is an independent data service that monitors and assesses South Africa municipalities.

The claim is not strictly correct (though it is close) as the index states that seven, not eight, of the 10 top-performing local municipalities are in the Western Cape.

Claim

76% of the Western Cape Government's budget is redistributed to poor communities. #DAdelivers

Fact

Bothma referred Africa Check to a presentation compiled by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille’s office on provincial "expenditure on the poor". However, the source provided does not support the claim.

Only the departments of health, education, human settlements, social development and cultural affairs and sport were considered in the analysis. Expenditure in eight other provincial departments was not analysed.

For the full report, visit Africa Check here. You can also follow them on Twitter.
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