The South African Presidency has issued a correction to the recent claim by President Jacob Zuma that Africa was the biggest continent on earth.
Zuma was speaking to the business community in December 2015, and said “this continent is the biggest continent in the world”.
“All continents put together will fit into Africa,” he said.
“Africa is in fact the second biggest continent in terms of population size, and the biggest continent in this regard is Asia,” said the Presidency.
“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).”
“The President regrets the error.”