Stats SA boss describes state of poverty in SA: 30 million living in poverty

Stats SA’s poverty trends report shows that one in two South Africans live under the poverty line, amounting to about 30 million people living in poverty.

More than half of South Africans live on under R1138 per month which is the poverty line.

A quarter of South Africans live on under R531 a month.

Read: Stats SA: Three out of five black people are poor

Statistician-General Pali Lehohla released the report which looked at poverty between 2006 and 2015 at a briefing in Pretoria on Tuesday.

Lehohla says that overall, the number of people living in poverty has declined since 2005 but has since 2011 has increased to 55% in 2015.

He explains that youth unemployment and flaws in the education system perpetuate poverty.

We are now seeing a difficult trend where the spikes backwards are much more severe in terms of deepening poverty.

Pali Lehohla, Statistician-General at StatsSA

What is disturbing is the number of children that are in poverty.

Pali Lehohla, Statistician-General at StatsSA

People who are worst affected are children from 0 to 17. Those from 17 to 34 cannot get jobs and poverty is reproduced in significant ways.

Pali Lehohla, Statistician-General at StatsSA

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