Sona leaves some citizens hopeless

By Drum Digital
19 February 2015

Thirty-seven percent of South Africans recently surveyed said they lost hope in the country's future after last week's state-of-the-nation address.

Thirty-seven percent of South Africans recently surveyed said they lost hope in the country's future after last week's state-of-the-nation address, it emerged on Thursday.

This was compared to 24 percent who said they were hopeful, consumer insights company Pondering Panda said in a statement.

"Sona has left many South Africans disheartened about the future of our country," spokeswoman Shirley Eadie said.

"While many South Africans were disillusioned about our political system before the address, Sona appears to have reinforced that perception. Our politicians have their work cut out for them to help restore the faith of the South African people at this juncture."

Pondering Panda surveyed 1466 people between the age of 18 and 49.

According to the results, older respondents were more likely to be negative about the country's future after the state-of-the-nation address.

Forty-nine percent of 35 to 44-year-olds said they had less hope after President Jacob Zuma's speech, compared to the 25 percent of 18 to 24-year-olds.

More than three in five respondents (62 percent) believed Zuma had not spoken about issues important to them.

Thirty-eight percent believed the speech was aimed at people like them, according to Pondering Panda.

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