Zuma: And the biggest continent is...

2016-01-18 11:29


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Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma has discovered that Africa is in fact not the biggest continent in the world.

More than a month after he boasted that all continents would fit into Africa, the president has realised that the biggest continent is in fact Asia.

In a statement on Monday, the Presidency apologised for the error.

Zuma in December proudly declared Africa as the biggest continent in the world during a speech delivered at a business meeting in Johannesburg.

"This continent is the biggest continent in the world, not separated even by a river," he said at the time.

"The rivers that are there flow with the continent. They don’t cut it into half or quarter. All continents put together would fit into Africa."

On Monday, the Presidency said Africa was in fact the second biggest continent in terms of population size, and the biggest continent in this regard was Asia.

“According to the United Nations World Population Prospects 2015, 60% of the world population lives in Asia (4.4 billion), 16% in Africa (1.2 billion), 10% in Europe (737 million), 9% in Latin America and the Caribbean (634 million), and the remaining 5% in North America (358 million) and Oceania (39 million),” it said.

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