High level of pride among South Africans

2010-09-08 07:15

South Africans had a high level of national pride but were at the same time ashamed of some things happening in society, a new survey has found.

“There are still high levels of national pride, we rank sixth in the world,” SA Social Attitudes Survey (Sasas) co-ordinator Ben Roberts said yesterday.

“We are a very patriotic society despite the fact that there is some discontent about certain aspects of our democracy.”

He was briefing reporters in Pretoria at the release of the latest Sasas in Pretoria.

Roberts said a total of 60% of the population were recorded as “ashamed” by 2009 , compared to 66% in 2003.

Of major concern to people over the last decade were issues like unemployment, HIV/Aids, poverty and national safety.

Roberts said the survey highlighted increasing concerns over corruption.

It found that race relations improved since 1994, from a 56% mark to 69%.

People living in fear was found to exist across social divides.

“It is not only white whingers or people in surburbs. The most fearful people are in the informal settlements.

In many instances, the African pollution was as fearful as any other populations,” Roberts said.

The portion of South Africans with some form of damaging fear of crime stands at between 50-55%.

Since 2003, when the survey was first conducted, social grants, electricity, education, water and electricity got high ratings across the board.

A strong issue of discontent was about job-creation efforts by the government.

This came up as a first priority among blacks and coloureds, while crime was a priority for whites and Indians.

Roberts said in conducting such a survey it was important to check whether values within a society were changing.

“We need to interrogate some of the stereotypes we hold about who we are as South Africans.”

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