ANCYL the 'least liked' party in SA

2009-02-05 00:00

The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) attracts the greatest political intolerance among South Africans political organisations. An Ipsos Markinor survey found many ordinary South Africans do not like the youth league.

The Markinor analysts say political intolerance is not rife in South Africa, but that it tends to emerge most strongly during election campaigns. This means political parties, the Independent Electoral Commission and law enforcment agencies will have to be especially vigilant. They say that as the election approaches, areas of the country where intolerance runs deep will experience instability.

Markinor carried out the survey in October 2008, before the launch of the Congress of the People. It gave subjects a pre-coded list based on previous research and asked them to select the group they liked least. It was conducted among 3 500 randomly selected adults.

The ANC, the ANCYL, the Democratic Alliance and Inkatha Freedom Party were found to be the most least-liked groups, in that order. The analysts say the ANCYL was found to attract the highest degree of intolerance.

Since the youth league does not contest the election, such intolerance is likely to be transferred to the ANC closer to the election, the analysts said.

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