Youth want strong action against miners

2012-10-05 13:04
Police keep an eye on strikers at the Anglo Platinum mine. (Picture: AFP)

Police keep an eye on strikers at the Anglo Platinum mine. (Picture: AFP)

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Johannesburg - At least 54% of young people think police should take stronger action against strikers, according to a survey released on Friday.

"Overall, 54% of young South Africans of all races think police should be taking stronger action against strikers; 41% were against it."
Five percent were unable to decide.

Market research company Pondering Panda surveyed 3 061 people between the ages of 15 and 34 through Mxit earlier this week.
There were also significant regional variations, in line with the racial differences.

Respondents in the Western Cape were the most likely to call for stronger police action, with 61% in favour. The Eastern Cape had the highest proportion of respondents who were against the idea at 50%, compared to 43% who thought they should.

More than 84% of young whites favoured stronger police action with only half of young blacks feeling the same way.

The survey also found that almost two thirds of Coloured people and Indians were in favour of stronger police action against strikers.
Apart from race, there were no significant differences in attitude related to gender or age.

- SAPA
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