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Youth rate Mandela the best leader

2012-07-17 19:35

Johannesburg - South African youth have rated former president Nelson Mandela the greatest leader of all time, according to a survey released on Tuesday.

"When asked who they thought was the greatest leader of all time, 71.6% voted for Nelson Mandela, 7% for Barack Obama, 6.7% for Martin Luther King and 3.8% for Gandhi," researchers said.

Pondering Panda conducted the survey among 4 500 South Africans aged 18 to 34 via cellphone last week.

Mandela celebrates his 94th birthday on Wednesday.

Asked who was the best South African president since democracy, 84% of respondents answered Mandela, 7% said Thabo Mbeki and 4% voted for President Jacob Zuma.

Five percent of respondents were undecided.

"Although the overwhelming majority felt that Mandela had been the best president since democracy, they also felt that the ANC had let him down," Pondering Panda said.

Sixty percent of respondents said the African National Congress had not stayed true to Mandela's dream for South Africa's future, while 35% said the party had stayed true. The rest were undecided.

"There were strong demographic differences in responses, with black respondents being most sympathetic to the ANC's efforts - 45% feeling that the ANC was indeed doing what Mandela would have wanted."

However, 80%of Indian, 76% of white, and 73% of coloured South Africans felt that the ANC had let Mandela down.

"Women were also more negative than men, with 67% feeling that the ANC had not lived up to his dream."

Respondents in Limpopo, at 84%, felt the strongest about Mandela being the greatest leader of all time.

This was closely followed by those in the Northern Cape at 83%.

Comments
  • lynn.syme.1 - 2012-07-17 20:00

    A poll is a poll - never accurate! But the leanings to disgust are clearly visible.

      farmfreund - 2012-07-17 20:49

      The Anc is cracking, the future of this country is losing patients with the ruling party, 65% believe the Anc is not following the dream they had, things will be interesting in the next election, the moment there comes a good black party in the country, the Anc will lose the election

      Marc - 2012-07-17 21:09

      Quite, Lynn, its just a poll. Based on this, British weather is the best in the world. If they meet a reasonable definition of youth, consider this: when Mandela was president, more than 50% of them wouldn't have been born yet and the the rest of them were too young to know how to dress themselves let along judge the pros and cons of a particular politician. Someone needs to get a written warning for such an irresponsible survey.

      Smell - 2012-07-17 23:09

      It is a paradox that the African segment of our population clearly identifies the leadership of Mandela as tbe best ever, while there seems to be a general drift towards the distastrous policies of Mugabe (White alienation, landgrabs and nationalization) at voting time. No surprise that the majority of Indian, European and Coloured voters think that Mandela is the greatest leader of all of them too. However the latter groups seem to long for Mandela's era of reconciliation and relative absence of corruption, and not surprisingly are thus generally not supportive of the the direction in which the ANC seems to be taking the country.

      Rob.Trianglem - 2012-07-18 06:34

      @Marc57. Agree with you about 50% not been born yet but when is a youth not a youth anymore? Apparently the ANCYL still has youths at 40 yrs old. Just a thought.

      marc.hugo.75 - 2012-07-18 09:01

      Very true Rob!!

      goyougoodthing - 2012-08-20 13:40

      What do the youth know of any of these leaders? They don't. Idiots.

  • wendy.schneider3 - 2012-07-17 20:10

    Seems like the youth has more brains than the current rulling party.

  • chris.summers.3954 - 2012-07-17 20:13

    South African Youth also has a 30% matric pass rate, so this news comes at no surprise.

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-17 20:14

    I guess that neither Napoleon nor Hitler rated anywhere in the worldview of those polled. Maybe they also didn't get books when they were at school. Seruious;ly now, how about the ANCWL comment about Ms Zlamini-Zuma being a great leader from behind. It really streched credibility when you hear comments like that.

  • Bianca-Anne - 2012-07-17 20:15

    Tata Madiba is the best leader African soil has produced. He is a true instrument in God's hand. Love him with all of my heart.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-17 20:19

      What a load of Drivel... you actual read what you wrote???

      liana.loots - 2012-07-17 22:06

      Well, you are an anc member so you must sing the song. just stay real sister

  • Henk - 2012-07-17 20:21

    Well sorry but he aint going to help you any longer!

  • michael.bushes - 2012-07-17 20:25

    Well, if you indoctrinate school children during their entire school career, Im not surprised that the youth voted Mandela the best. As a Coloured person, i rate Jan Smuts the greatest, as he was the only field marshall south africa had, former prime minister, and one of the founders of the league of nations. I saw a documentary once, where the british considered making him the prime minister should churchill have died in office, but do "the youth" know these facts? Of course not, and its the way the ANC wants it. For me, apartheid education served me better.

      michael.bushes - 2012-07-17 21:13

      "you just admitted being indoctrinated about who's good and who's bad" say what? LMAO, i just burst out laughing when i read your response. I was never indoctrinated about any people being evil. What i stated was that apartheid education served me better (theres a difference between 'better' and 'best). The curriculum today both in schools and the media is that black south africans have a claim all over south africa, even though historic evidence, my dear Sir, is contrary to your views. For us to have been forbidden to go to white schools and so forth, has absolutely nothing to do with the current situation we all are in, in the 21st century, and all to do with apartheid which ended in 1994, but sadly, you Sir, are so attracted to past discriminatory laws and history, it blinds you to the realities of the current grave shortcomings and excessive greed of the ANC, and you, with all respect to you, cannot have a proper debate withour resorting to events of the past.

      reg.nagel - 2012-07-17 22:03

      MR.Bushes,well said Sir.....

      ratsaka.eugene - 2012-07-17 22:26

      This has got bokorol to do with ANC, Mandela is even no longer in the ANC. The 'youth', that was interviewed is not just black youth, it's the youth. Smuts is your choice, your choice is respected, you gave your reasons, but really? You are defending your comment that the youth choose Mandela because of an indoctrination, LMAO, do us a favour, try to find out why former US resident Bill Clinton is in the country, Monica Lewensky is not country, oompie. Like I said I was educated under both regimes, the current education did not indoctrinate me about Mandela and others, infact, my curricullum had no Mandelas in it.\r\n But I still choose him as well on MERIT. Commpared to the leaders of my time, PW Botha, FW De Klerk, T Mbeki, and J Zuma, and others, including Zille se ma se hare.

      gpitse - 2012-07-18 09:48

      Yes, indeed apartheid education must have served you well, why ? Coloureds were treated as white second class , even genes were verified as to be treated as 1st class white or 2nd , but the point is cANCer failed the dream of the great hero, hence not Education only is in disarray but the whole country, the african national circus has lost its plot, but we can still vote for the right party and unite this country.

  • ntombiziyabusa.bhengu - 2012-07-17 20:40

    Suppose one was to ask the MTV generation who the best musical talent between Lady Gaga, Bob Marley and an inconsequential third. Gaga would get 84% and Marley would get 7% and the inconsequential third would get 4%. They know no better than what the media feeds them. The little ones will grow.

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-18 08:13

      They will grow old within the confines of their minds. Mostly narrow and indoctrinated. A few maybe will be visionary and figure out that there is a way to maintain their indicivuality and self in the overwhelming mass of social, commercial and political manipulation. George Orwell is a useful place for the visionaries to start.

  • frankflower - 2012-07-17 20:43

    And what about oom PW? Now there was a leader, he was the pinnacle of true direction. They don't make dictators like him any more...

  • masamune.azeem - 2012-07-17 20:46

    My question is why has Mr Mandela kept quiet about how the ANC run things. If i was him i would do everything in my power to realise the ideas that were proposed in 1994. I know hes old and is not the president but Mr Mandelas name carries alot of weight, its the reason why everyone votes for the ANC even today. He should let everyone know that this ANC is not what he had in mind, especially the poor. If he dies without doing that for the people, S.A is surely doomed. This is if he really wanted to help South African citizens. Black men speaking here

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-07-17 20:46

    Before his release from Prison, many of us who believed in change trusted upon the WORD, "Out Of Prison He Cometh to Reign" as stated in the Holy Bible. That was the time for Nelson Mandela, and He did Reign for a short time. So, before you humans, who do not know about our striving for that Long Walk to freedom, say things that injure us who believe in God, please go and read on the History of South Africa during the Apartheid era. Happy Birthday Madiba. God Bless you.

  • josefaramelato.mthombeni - 2012-07-17 20:53

    No doubt about it he was the great leader who did his part and handed it over to us to complete the task. Retrieving the land from the thieves is also one of the task still to be achieved. There is no freedom without the land. Even if you can try to avoid it, you still have to account for those innocent lives you took during apartheid. During apartheid you enriched yourselves an left black people dead, imprisoned and poor. White people remain wealthy because of apartheid. Africa Mayibuye. You only have to give us what belong to us, that's it. VIVA Mangaung, Bloemfontein... The truth will come out!!!!

  • blaine.dillon.5 - 2012-07-17 20:57

    In honor of Nelson Mandela day! You must sleep for 67mins at work tomorrow...

      liana.loots - 2012-07-17 22:10

      haha you got the right idea!!

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-07-17 21:02

    So Zuma is rated at 4% funny how they couldn't exclude him in this survey. Mandela is just an exceptional leader.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-07-17 21:02

    So Zuma is rated at 4% funny how they couldn't exclude him in this survey. Mandela is just an exceptional leader.

  • des.cider - 2012-07-17 21:20

    If Nelson Mandela was still President today, this country would probably be the wealthiest, most free and desirable country in Africa. It would certainly have evolved a better education system than it has, and people with far more intelligence and competence than we have in power today would be running the major departments in government and would be leading businesses which offer increasing levels of employment, training and technological advancement for the population as a whole. Whether Mr Mandela is in the same league as Caesar, Hannibal, Churchill, Kennedy, Reagan, etc, is very debateable.

      michael.bushes - 2012-07-17 21:23

      If Mandela was still the president today, his reputation would have been tarnished, perhaps even blackened due to all the corruption within the ANC at all levels of government.

  • rhonny.phasha - 2012-07-17 22:31

    yes indeed he was the best leader ,the current leadership are failing to live expectations .Especially jz is the worst of them all.Madiba was a good listener having an interest of the country

  • rhonny.phasha - 2012-07-17 22:31

    yes indeed he was the best leader ,the current leadership are failing to live expectations .Especially jz is the worst of them all.Madiba was a good listener having an interest of the country

  • robert.doyle.712 - 2012-07-18 05:02

    No such thing as an African Leader but yes there is such a thing as an African Breeder.

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2012-07-18 08:05

    Ever heard of Sir Winston Churchill? Now that was a leader to respect, even his enemies did. With our standard of schooling, no wonder we get these skewed results.

  • wisani.mathonsi1 - 2012-07-18 10:58

    zuma should be 0,001%

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