Youth want Zuma to step down, says survey

2014-04-03 15:03

More than two-thirds of young South Africans believe President Jacob Zuma should step down in the wake of the Nkandla saga, a Pondering Panda survey has revealed.

“It’s clear that Nkandla is a huge political issue among young South Africans, and more than two-thirds feel Zuma should step down because of it,” spokesperson Shirley Wakefield said today.

The results were drawn from a cellphone survey of 2 114 respondents, aged between 18 and 34, who claimed to be aware of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on the R246 million upgrades at Zuma’s private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

In her report called Secure in Comfort, Madonsela found Zuma and his family unduly benefited from the upgrades. She recommended that a percentage of the money be repaid.

Sixty-eight percent of respondents in the survey believed Zuma should step down because of the Nkandla matter, compared with 26% who believed he should remain president. Six percent were undecided.

By racial group, 65% of black respondents wanted Zuma to resign, compared to 81% of coloureds and 77% of whites.

There were no significant differences in opinion between age categories or male and female respondents.

KwaZulu-Natal was the only province where those polled were more likely to believe Zuma should remain president, despite the Nkandla controversy, at 48%.

In other provinces, at least 70% said they believed Zuma should step down. This view was most strongly held in the Western Cape, where 83% believed Zuma should resign.

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