Govt criticism is good, survey reveals

2013-01-25 14:25

Johannesburg - Most of South Africa's youth support the notion of speaking out against government wrongdoing, a survey revealed on Friday.

About 54% of them said it was the right of every citizen to be vocal in this regard.

About 20% felt that voicing criticism of the government amounted to an attack on democracy.

Another 20% said negative talk about the government was a direct attack on the African National Congress.

The survey was conducted by consumer insights company Pondering Panda on 23 and 24 January, shortly after debate of the FNB "You can help" campaign.

The campaign, which is promoted through a television advertisement, features children reading their hopes for the country.

One of the children reads: "The challenges before us cannot be solved by money, petty politics, protests or violence. All the great things we've done, we've done by helping each other."

Around 2 328 people between the ages of 13 and 34 were interviewed nationally by cellphone in the survey.

At least 35% of them said the government was making South Africa's problems worse.

Around 31% said the problems would not change under the current leadership, and 30% said the government had made progress in resolving some of the country's issues.

Pondering Panda spokesperson Shirley Wakefield said: "These results show that a substantial number of young people are disenchanted with a perceived lack of delivery and leadership within government."

  • asdhasgd - 2013-01-25 14:42

    "Another 20% said negative talk about the government was a direct attack on the African National Congress." Idiots.

      Eterni80 - 2013-01-25 14:47

      I think it's alot more than that - the ANC are their own worst enemy.

      PointBlank - 2013-01-25 15:11

      The new Grade 12 pass rate?

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-01-25 16:12

      Eterni80, not while Helen Zille is alive, they're not.

  • talana.malherbe - 2013-01-25 14:45

    Careful, the ANC and Womens League are going to accuse you of an attack on them!

      PointBlank - 2013-01-25 15:13

      As well as the YCL, COSATU, SACP, ANCYL, BLA, BMF, BPA.... sigh

  • Eterni80 - 2013-01-25 14:46

    when freedom is outlawed (and in SA it's only a matter of time) then only outlaws will be free...

  • michaelmicky.debeer - 2013-01-25 15:03

    Wow Helen Zille did it again ,she turns from darkness to Light. Great Girl!!!

  • vusokuhle - 2013-01-25 15:05

    i am real do not understand,that why FNB should initiate such a campaign like this,because FNB is a company not an organization or political party. if someone do the research, means there's information that you want to get,and at the end of your project, you want to come out with the positive result. my question to FNB is ,as an company, what is their mission behind this research? from the result their got what are they going to do with? even though ,may be the youth are not happy, about certain issues, but i strongly not belive that FNB as a company is on the position to conduct such a political campaign like this. This is a purely an attack to ubaba u Msholozi,they not attacking ANC , but, they attacking u baba Zuma. no ,matter what i personal think that FNB behind the scene motive about this.

      gary.doyle.520 - 2013-01-25 15:10

      Great marketing for them for worthwhile clients that want to invest in a better future.

      PointBlank - 2013-01-25 15:14

      Everyone and every organisation whether business or political has a right to voice their opinions in this democratic country. You clearly do not yet fully understand democracy.

      charmaine.rowlands - 2013-01-25 15:36

      AND you clearly didn't get what the "ad" was about. Try visiting I don't bank with them, but at least they're TRYING which is more than i can say for your "u baba Zuma" and his cohorts!!

      charmaine.rowlands - 2013-01-25 15:38

      AND you clearly didn't get what the "ad" was about. Try visiting I don't bank with them, but at least they're TRYING which is more than i can say for your "u baba Zuma" and his cohorts!!

      Concerned86 - 2013-01-25 15:46

      since when did he become 'u baba Zuma'? is this some kinfd of reference to Jesus again? Fair enough Vuso is confused but some of these people are so proud of the fact that they are majority voters - like its a game and they on the winning side?

      neville.watson.94 - 2013-01-25 16:27

      Hi Vuso everytime someone is speaking the truth The anc is up and arms , why not face the facts and start govern the country, helping those people who put them into power and not just a few , they use billions to pay people who must show them how to do the job, I think they must get rid of the old gaurd before the coffers is empty and replace them with young blood.

      maria.roth.589 - 2013-01-25 17:05

      I can see that you support the Msholozi but I don't and now it seems that a great portion of the new up and coming voters don't either. Does this upset you? It makes me glad.

      seanrossouwslr - 2013-01-25 17:32

      Is it wrong for a company to want to do a little good and not just make money? Or must they all pay bribes for tenders to get millions of rands of profit without a care for anyone else?

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2013-01-25 15:06

    Constructive critisism never hurt anybody. So let's get the banner campaign up around the country, ANC ARE F**KING USELESS!

  • alex.cobain - 2013-01-25 15:06 FNB Vs. ANC

  • kuno.tschumi.5 - 2013-01-25 15:17

    dont show these results to zoomer and the cANCer... otherwise he will sue the youth of south africa for defamation and for disobedience. Why is the cANCer not listening to the youth of today and try to solve the problems instead of slinging mud all the time.

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-01-25 16:18

      It's not defamation if it's true.

  • marco.pallini.5095 - 2013-01-25 16:01

    So what?! We can't voice our opinion on how the government spends our money because its an attack on the ANC and democracy? Please man, this country needs to catch a wake up, we all tip toe around each other, it's pathetic really. The ANC is not right to lead this country and I feel that they will slowly turn this into a dictatorship of we are not careful. All South Africans should voice their opinion, good or bad, it's called freedom of speech, lets use it to create a better country for us all.

      Louisa Fouche - 2013-01-25 16:48

      well said, marco!

  • marco.pallini.5095 - 2013-01-25 16:02

    And if the youth don't like the government then there is a real problem because we are the future of the country.

  • neville.watson.94 - 2013-01-25 16:18

    Who is the Gov and who is the ANC BOTH STUPID DICTATORS same difference with no leader

  • rory.short1 - 2013-01-25 16:36

    The overwhelming impression that I am getting of the ANC is that the ruling elite within the ANC has zero faith in their own supporters, their fellow citizens. Thus they have no faith in their supporters ability to recognise and act on solving their own and community problems. A consequence of this is that the ANC does not see its chief role in government as that of providing an enabling environment within which citizens can act. Instead it sees itself as running a nanny state in which government has to do everything because its supporters are helpless. This is an incredibly disempowering view of its supporters and does absolutely zero to uplift the people of SA. It is also an unconsciously racist view in that it mirrors exactly the erroneous view that the Apartheid government had of its disenfranchised citizens. Steve Biko must be wanting to knock a modicum of sense into the present leadership of the ANC.

  • matsutle.aphane - 2013-01-25 16:36

    children are the fature of this country why silencing them,it is their RIGHTS to debate about the state of AFFAIRS of their country,

  • - 2013-01-25 17:28

    the ANC we are reminded fought for the so called democracy with the proviso that its not used against them - no freedom of speech, Shelly you spot on news 24 had the stats

  • Winile Ngidi - 2013-01-25 17:31

    Out of 25m youth of SA the survey was only done on 2300 youth wow. is that the majority?

  • blessing.khumalo.90 - 2013-01-25 17:34

    i wonder how do you conduct your surveys because ever since we achieved democracy i have never been asked or stoped from the street about any issues concerning siuth africa and yet the views.of the minority are often.perceived as those of the majority i wonder what agenda are you pushing. - 2013-01-25 17:39

      What democracy?

      Nads - 2013-01-25 18:37

      Oh my, let me quickly educate you, a survey is conducted by taking a sample (between 1500 and 2500 is usually deemed sufficient) that represents the larger population in all aspects possible. This sample is then questioned and the answers are used as a proxy for the population. The population in this respect refers to all people aged between 13 and 34 in this country. So they would've found the percentages of white urban, white rural, black urban, black urban, etc etc of the whole population in question, and applied these percentages to the sample size to randomly select respondents. The chances of you being randomly selected is very very small.

  • blessing.khumalo.90 - 2013-01-25 17:39

    what youth are u you refering to.the drunkards disrespectful always craving for drugs backchating their must be kidding any good thinking south african wont take this nonsense seriously

      themba.thwala.775 - 2013-01-25 19:22

      How do you know about drunkards and disrespectful kids when you were not interviewed? Or were you interviewing the drunkards

  • hasanibooysen.hlungwana - 2013-01-25 21:40

    I havent received or missed their call... Just done my research today en 90% says it is okay to criticise the GOVERNMENT.. Yet to find out abt the 10%

  • njabulo.xulu - 2013-01-26 10:54

    I tell you if you wanna have a good laugh, then visit this comments section of News 24. Here you get all sorts of FUNNY racist comments paraded by some as views from the wisest members of our society.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-26 11:25

    Good, the children, that is where our hope is.

  • mart.botha - 2013-01-26 12:56


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