Black youth distrust DA, survey shows

Johannesburg - Many young black South Africans believe the DA will bring back apartheid should it come to power in the next national election, a study has found.

The survey released on Tuesday found 54% of black youth questioned expected the Democratic Alliance would revert to apartheid if it won the 2014 election.

Twenty-six percent of Indians, 21% of coloureds, and 19% of whites agreed.

The cellphone survey by Pondering Panda was conducted among 3 009 people aged between 15 and 34.

Forty-six percent of all respondents believed the DA would bring back apartheid. Thirty-six percent disagreed, and 18% were unsure.

When asked whether the African National Congress-led government had implemented reverse apartheid, 45% of the youth disagreed, 40% agreed, and 15% were unsure.

Pondering Panda spokesperson Shirley Wakefield said it was clear people had mixed views about what political parties stood for.

"Almost 20 years after our first democratic elections, many still believe that apartheid will return if the DA comes to power, while others believe that the ANC is implementing a policy of apartheid in reverse," she said.

"These perceptions are likely to play a major role in the next elections, and both parties need to do much more to educate young South Africans about what they stand for if they are to change their minds."

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