Johannesburg - 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, with more than two-thirds feeling Zuma should step
down because of it," spokesperson Shirley Wakefield said in a statement on
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 R246m security upgrades at Zuma's
private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.
In her report 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 to 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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