More citizens are losing their faith in SA’s future

2016-04-21 11:00
(Wallace Du Plessis, News24 )

(Wallace Du Plessis, News24 )

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Pietermaritzburg - Pan-African research company ­Afrobarometer on Wednesday released startling findings into how South Africans feel about socio-economic issues.

After interviewing 2 400 adult citizens in August and September last year, the research network yesterday gave a general insight into South African’s attitudes towards democracy, governance, economic and social conditions.

According to their statistics, findings show that the majority (54%) of South Africans rate the country’s economic situation as “fairly bad” or “very bad” — an increase from 47% in 2011.

Looking ahead, 29% of the respondents said they foresee the economic climate worsening during the next 12 months.

The statistics also showed that at least three in 10 coloured, Indian and white respondents now feel discriminated against by the government versus at least one in 10 black citizens.

The majority of citizens are most likely to feel discriminated against by employers, courts and potential landlords in the North West (59%), Gauteng (56%), and Western Cape (55%).

An average of 25% of respondents from KwaZulu-Natal said they felt discriminated against.

On average, the statistics showed only 37% of citizens believe that life has improved since 1994 on a range of socioeconomic indicators.

Meanwhile 24% of the respondents believe that conditions have remained the same and 38% feel that they have deteriorated.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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