First boos, now a poll: ANC voters turn on JZ

2013-12-16 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The ANC declined to react yesterday to a poll among its members that showed growing pressure on Jacob Zuma to step down as president.

An Ipsos Markinor survey, done for the Sunday Times among registered ANC members, revealed that 51% believe he should resign in the wake of the Nkandla scandal.

Details of the poll were published in the paper yesterday, capping a tough week in which Zuma was booed in front of world leaders and a global television audience.

Altogether, 42% said they believe Zuma misused public money for his personal benefit when the state spent more than R200 million on upgrading Nkandla.

ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza said on inquiry yesterday that the party does not react to surveys. “They are usually very subjective. We don’t react to them.”

The survey was conducted between December 7 and 10 — the day Zuma was booed.

• Did Zuma misuse state money for private benefit? 42% said yes, 34% said no and 24% did not know;

• Was the Public Protector correct in her investigation into the Nkandla affair? 56% said yes, 20% no and 24% did not know;

• Does Zuma’s role in the use of public money for security upgrades at Nkandla make you more or less likely to vote for the ANC? 49% said more likely, 33% said less likely and 18% said they did not know;

• Asked which party they would vote for in next year’s election, 55% said the ANC, five percent the DA, six percent said other parties, while 34% did not know or preferred not to answer.

In the wake of the booing at the national memorial service on Tuesday, the ANC has claimed the jeering was organised by rival parties.

SACP secretary-general Blade Nzimande told a service in Durban on Friday that the party would name and shame those who booed at the service, which was attended by tens of thousands of people.

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