Fewer South Africans interested in a united nation

2014-12-03 11:23

South Africans are disillusioned with the idea of a united nation, according to the 2014 South African Reconciliation Barometer.

Citizens’ desire for a united national identity had decreased from 72.9% in 2003 to 55% last year.

“Amid realities of diversity and inequality, perhaps the idea of unity is simplistic and does not adequately capture these realities,” the report stated.

The barometer, published by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, looked at 10 years of data collected between 2003 and 2013.

The report, released today, was titled: “Reflecting on Reconciliation: Lessons from the Past, Prospects for the Future”.

Probing deeper into identity, the research found that more people were associating with their race as an important marker of their identity.

Despite increased racial identity, interracial mistrust had decreased from more than 40% to 30% in the last decade.

The report interpreted the results as the country opening up the space to move towards a shared identity of transformation rather than assimilation, characterised by difference, power and conflict.

Data was collected during face-to-face interviews with a nationally representative sample across all provinces. The 2013 sample was from 1 989 metro inhabitants and 1 601 nonmetro inhabitants.

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