40% say politicians are corrupt: Survey

By Drum Digital
28 March 2012

Forty percent of South Africans think MPs and councillors are corrupt, according to the Afrobarometer survey, The Star reported on Wednesday.

The figure had increased from 2008, when 25 percent of South Africans thought "almost all" or "most" members of Parliament were involved in corruption, according to Dr Cherrel Africa of the University of the Western Cape, who presented the results of the survey in Durban on Tuesday.

According to the study, co-ordinated by Idasa, most South Africans do not go to their councillor when they have a problem. Seventy-two percent of people in urban areas, and 74 percent of those in rural areas, said they never contacted councillors.

In addition, between 95 and 96 percent of people surveyed said they never contacted an MP or member of their provincial legislature.

The approval ratings of the country's nine premiers were also measured. KwaZulu-Natal's Zweli Mkhize got the highest rating, at 72 percent, along with his Free State counterpart Ace Magashule. Western Cape premier Helen Zille got 61 percent.

Noxolo Kieviet of the Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga's David Mabuza got the lowest ratings.

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