Half of South Africans Live in Poverty

About half of South Africa's population is living in poverty, according to the Department of Social Development deputy director-general, Selwyn Jehoma.

About half of South Africa's population is living in poverty, a problem that is not going to be solved overnight. This is according to the Department of Social Development deputy director-general, Selwyn Jehoma.

Jehoma points out that the poverty situation in the country is ‘very significant’ and most people believed it will take about a generation to solve.

He says it has been estimated - depending on what measure was used - that about 50 percent of the South African population was poor.

"So we are looking at almost 24 million living in abject poverty. These include children, the elderly, the unemployed, and caregivers of children."

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