SA Economy Slips into Recession: South Africans’ Reactions

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) on Tuesday revealed the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures fell by 0,7% in the second quarter of the year 2018… and, judging from the comments on Twitter, South Africans realised they can no longer blame former President Jacob Zuma.

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These latest figures have pushed the country into a recession – and is blamed largely on falls in the agricultural, transport and retail sectors.

Stats SA said that this is the second drop, after a decline of 2.6 % in the first quarter of 2018.

The organisation said that a 29.2 % collapse in agricultural output (which was largely due to the drought) in the second quarter contributed 0.8% towards the GDP decline, while the fall in the transport, communication and storage contributed 0.4 percentage points.

Here are some reactions on social media from South Africans: