Youth want Zuma gone - survey

2012-09-28 14:19

Johannesburg - Three in five young South Africans do not want President Jacob Zuma to be re-elected for a second term, consumer insights company Pondering Panda said on Friday.

"The results of the survey showed that 61% of South Africa's youth would not like to see President Jacob Zuma re-elected and believe it's time for him to go," Pondering Panda said in a statement.

"Less than a third (29%) of respondents said they would be happy to see him re-elected and 10% either weren't able to decide or didn't care."

The survey polled 4 190 South Africans between the ages of 18 and 34.

According to the results, Zuma had less support among women than men.

About 64% of women wanted Zuma to go, compared to 57% of men.

Zuma's support also varied amongst racial groups with 58% blacks, 69% whites, 74% Coloured and 79% of Indians saying they would not want him re-elected.

Geographically, KwaZulu-Natal remained Zuma's stronghold, according to the survey.

This was the only province where support for his re-election (48%) outweighed those who wanted him gone (40%).

'Abysmal' support

KwaZulu-Natal is Zuma's home province and the African National Congress's biggest province in terms of members.

Butch Rice, market analyst for Pondering Panda, said it was time for Zuma to go.

"For an incumbent president, his support among young South Africans is abysmal," Rice said.

"They clearly feel he has not lived up to his promises and is not doing a good enough job as president."

Previous research had shown that the biggest issues for young South Africans were unemployment and crime.

"Until the government tackles these issues head-on, and makes real headway, it will not have the support of the country's youth," said Rice.

Zuma will be seeking re-election at the African National Congress' elective conference in Mangaung in December. Nominations are expected to open in October.

  • christopher.shining - 2012-09-28 14:25

    listen to the masses idiot and grab your broom and waai! - 2012-09-28 14:40

      a few years ago Malema said he would kill for Zuma and everyone supported that notion and loved Zuma. The masses relies on 1 thing to make decisions, their emotions, how very worrying and sad.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-28 16:46

      Yes but... Wouldn't it be great if there was a suitable replacement. I'm no Zipper fan, but, who...?

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-28 18:29

      @Jock ~ If they get their way and Motlanthe takes over from crooked Zipper Zoomer, I'd give it a couple of years and they'll all be wanting to get rid of Motlantle as well. The whole problem is what cANCer promises, cANCer can't deliver and they're too thick to get it.

      themba.maseko.568 - 2012-09-28 20:29

      Come On! 4190 does not represent the masses, and is not a truly representative sample as it is always based on specific areas. We also notice that there is a growing number of surveys conducted to try to influence the ANC Conference. The branches will decide who will be the next President of the ANC, and not the surveyed youth. Anyway these minor differences in percentages do not say much, it's not like 10 to 90%

      george.outremer - 2012-09-29 09:44

      Zuma is too occupied managing his extended family to contribute meaningfully to the republic. His lack of leadership and visibility on national issues a fact, his support base on the decline. Clearly time is up for Zuma. So the question now is: Who is ready to step forward and put the country ahead of personal gain?

  • Willie - 2012-09-28 14:27

    Take a hike Mr President,stick to your words "i will only serve one term..." Do not hide behind "if the ANC wants me to serve i will..."

      bongile.langa - 2012-09-28 20:46

      Mr president u a FIRED!

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-28 14:28

    Fair enough. I would have liked to know who they would like to see though-there-in lies the problem.

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-09-28 14:34

      How many people murdered today Huh??

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-28 14:42

      m.c.segal: I think you missed what I was trying to say. They dont want Zuma,however there [as hard as it is to believe] worse candidates. I was just wondering who the "youth" were eyeing.

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-09-28 18:49

      Sorry Shirley....I Put my comment in the wrong place.Was out of line...

  • mxolisi.nala - 2012-09-28 14:36

    another rertaded stats from News24. mine proved that 80% of black youth in KZN want Zuma gone.

      Willie - 2012-09-28 15:35

      Survey was not done by News24,can't you read english

      bongile.langa - 2012-09-28 20:49


      lebelo.raymond - 2012-10-10 13:05

      Mxolisi not only are u an idiot but u are totally lost. u should go back to school its a slow process but it helps idiots like u to think.

  • Kalari - 2012-09-28 14:40

    The ugly truth is that there is no one better in the current setup. The black people with brains put as much as possible political distance between themselves and the anc. No self respecting person want to get involved in the mess. Only solution is a total remake by another political party.

      richard.david.7355 - 2012-09-28 17:51

      I did a double take when i read this - but i think you are 100% right. These people need to step forward if the country is to survive the current regime.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-28 18:33

      @Kalari ~ Spot on! Nobody with brains would associate themselves with cANCer - only the uneducated and lower classes.

      bongile.langa - 2012-09-28 20:52

      People brace ur self 4 ur nxt president, wait for it, Kgalema Mothlante!

  • Tebogo Thape - 2012-09-28 14:43

    It makes me wonder why it never comes to a possibility of Trevor Manuel for the ANC presidency....its about time that people be elected based on their merit and certain academic and profession qualifications.

      jomardl - 2012-09-28 16:04

      How often that happen anywhere in the world these days?

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-28 18:34

      Tebogo ~ Trevor Manual isn't black enough.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-28 18:46

      Irene "Buthelezi", you white troll, Trevor Manuel has not appointed you as his spokesperson or has he? Google his speeches and you be horrified to find that he has long rejected the apartheid label "coloured" and calls himself a black person. By the way, blackness has nothing to do with colour, just as much as whiteness is just a label

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-09-28 18:52

      I think Trevor Manuel would Actually do some work...Be streets ahead of what weve got now...

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-28 18:59

      Irene "Buthelezi", read and weep: "In his matric year Manuel was influenced by students at the University of the Western Cape and developed a view in line with Black Consciousness principles." ( No one would espouse "Black Consciousness" unless they themselves consider themselves black. Trevor regularly gave guest lectures when I was a student at university. Even though I saw a "white" man at first, it was when he constantly referred to "we black people" that I did some research on him and got to know who he was. So stop spewing your racist bile on his behalf

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-28 19:15

      Themba ~ For your own sake, get over yourself my boy. Get over yourself. The fact that Manual is coloured, regardless of what he does or does not believe in, is immaterial. So long as cANCer makes the decisions, Manual will never be black enough. How hard is this for you to understand?

      warren.moore.7545 - 2012-09-29 16:59

      ...And Certain academic and profession qualifications....BWha ha ha...

  • andrew.boraine.1 - 2012-09-28 14:47

    Even if this donkey does step down and another ANC assw1pe takes his place there would be no difference - this country of ours has been damaged too serverly, how long do you think it would take to 'rebuild"?

  • firstseed.mbeva - 2012-09-28 14:49

    "69% whites support Zuma?".I reserve my comment

      mercia.rand - 2012-09-28 15:05

      Probably 69% who will rather have Zuma than Malema. If they have no other option. 31% are still hoping for a miracle.

      dane.jenkinson - 2012-09-28 15:08

      I think you should read the article again: Zuma's support also varied amongst racial groups with 58% blacks, 69% whites, 74% Coloured and 79% of Indians saying they would NOT want him re-elected.

      firstseed.mbeva - 2012-09-28 15:36

      I blame it on spead reading,hahahaha!

      Anthea - 2012-09-28 15:44

      Interesting that Coloureds and Indians dislike him the most and they are the least vocal about their feelings on the subject.

  • robert.mevo - 2012-09-28 14:53

    Zuma must keep dis posetion 4 ever lyk Robert Mugabe.Malema my brada 4gt.

      fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-09-28 15:23

      FOCUS please: LEARN THE WORDS , or keep your quiet

      jomardl - 2012-09-28 16:06

      You already have a king.

      bongile.langa - 2012-09-28 21:04

      robert i wonder if u smoke weed before commenting, u a deep in the bush!

  • BulletProof. - 2012-09-28 14:53

    I agree, the only problem is they like to see Juju on that position wich is not going to hapen any way, even with a suspended sentence will not be alowed to run for the position,Thanks God.

  • bongeka.magwaza - 2012-09-28 14:56

    The survey says it all and yes I agree with it.Don't play with people's feelings.People have had it with the current leadership full of promises but none delivery. But my big question is, WHO IS THE SUITABLE CANDIDATE BECAUSE I CAN'T SEE ONE IN THE CURRENT LEADERSHIP POOL?

      bongile.langa - 2012-09-28 21:06

      whom would YOU Bongeka like to b our nxt president other than Kgalema?

      bongeka.magwaza - 2012-09-29 21:33

      @ bongile.langa.......I'm not too sure about Kgalema. Not that I don't like him but to me he hasn't shown those presidential skills. To me he is a good learder but not a President meterial.

  • jerry.medina.756 - 2012-09-28 15:00

    Even my 90 year old granny does not want Zuma.

      bongile.langa - 2012-09-28 21:09

      @ Jerry: that makes sense, the current government wants to end their old-age grant!

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-09-28 15:01

    No comments

  • Ntobane Setabola - 2012-09-28 15:13

    zuma a tsamaye please,entlik vandag. He can go open his own country cz already he gt a nation of sluts n kids...

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-28 18:40

      Learn to spell before you comment, or go play with the other children PLEASE!

      bongile.langa - 2012-09-28 21:12

      @Irene: a real south african would not ryt that comment, embarrassing...go learn basics bout ur country's languages.

  • mart.botha - 2012-09-28 15:24

    Let us face some hard truths and then you will understand why genocide is very much in our future. The principles on which our electoral system is based achieves nothing more than determing which party (majority) has overall power. In South Africa, for many reasons,the vote for a particular party is based almost entirely on the sympathy said party has accumulated over the years...period. The vote for the particular party is not with the belief that they will deliver, but rather a 'hope' based on promises. A little bit like a 'pyramid scheme' this will benefit a few, but by and large, there will be mostly losers. A time will come when those in power will realise that the masses are turning against them and it will be at this point that the new 'game' of numbers and opposition reduction will begin. South Africa officially has over 50 million people. It is unrealistic and unsustainable to keep the whole able bodied population productively employed. The last time something like that happened I think there were 2 fish and 5 loaves other words it is impossible. Do those in power just keep taking it on the chin and pour oil on troubled water or do they try and 'find a new home' for the terrier snapping and yapping at their heels. You think about it, and then...think about it some more.

  • sugardick.dupree - 2012-09-28 15:24

    South Africa wants Jacob OUT NOW PLEASE!!! Jacob, if you are listening, PLEASE GO!!!!

  • sphamandla.s.ntshangase - 2012-09-28 15:29

    people from south africa are fool why i am saying dis those people besy surveyng zuma why they not survey about people want jobs, people want free house and more dis iz a game of politics thats why i say politics iz a dirty game in south africa

      bongile.langa - 2012-09-28 21:14


  • nompelo.honi.9 - 2012-09-28 15:31

    Jacob Zuma must go for real he was never a competed leader in the first place. Now juju is making him sweat good for him.... He and his wives spend the taxpayers money like its free water forgeting that poor people work hard for that money... I'm not sad he truly and seriously go or our country will be in trouble

      bongile.langa - 2012-09-28 21:17

      oh he z on his way OUT, can't wait 4 that day 2 come, hope he sucked enough on taxpayer's money!

  • jannie.kotze.7 - 2012-09-28 15:34

    @ Yung S.H. Long, Go back to China where you belong. You and your Chinese culture have no respect for human rights. We don't need your Chinese scum in South Africa. The Chinese are here for only one reason and that is to conquer Africa for your China.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-09-28 15:38

      Settle down racist white man. It's quite clear that he isn't even Chinese, instead just a young man who wants to stir reactions. But well done on making your pathetic views known.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-28 15:52

      Tony-Lapson calling someone racist white man isn't racist in your book?. You didn't know who our so called Chinese friend was either. So stick that wagging finger of yours up your ar*e.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-09-28 15:58

      Aggressive aren't we? You have proven your character. Have a good day.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-28 18:41

      Aaaah, it's good old Tony Lapson again. The one that wouldn't know quality if it bit him the ass. Run along and play with your Samsung cretin!

      bongile.langa - 2012-09-28 21:19


  • Tony Lapson - 2012-09-28 15:35

    The youth have heart and fighting spirit, but no wisdom and brains.

  • derk.woldendorp - 2012-09-28 15:37

    us pensioners also want ZOOOOOOOOOOHEAD gone

  • sphamandla.s.ntshangase - 2012-09-28 15:39


      bongile.langa - 2012-09-28 21:23

      A candidate, voted by US z given a chance to lead, make and keep promises, however if they lead k*k they take a hike, the chopper z lingering above JZ's head, UIT!

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-09-28 15:44

    pity this surveys dont say anything about the outcomes considering that zuma is only voted by the ANC structures before the country *just saying*

  • a18nukem - 2012-09-28 15:52

    I find it hard to believe that those stats stating White/Coloured/Indian racial groups not wanting JZ relected, can be so low. After all Zuma said clearly minorities have less rights in democracy. Should be more like "58% blacks, 99% white, 99% coloured, and 99% indian say they don't want him re-elected." <---Now those stats make sense to me .

      emile.marais - 2012-09-28 19:43

      Well if the alternative is Malema I'm not surprised with the stats as they stand.

  • Bafana Joseph - 2012-09-28 15:55

    zumaville mst go

  • callet.gababuse - 2012-09-28 16:07

    The youth have spoken,its their future.we need somebody who will take this country forward.

      bongile.langa - 2012-09-28 21:25

      ...its as simple as that!

  • B.b. - 2012-09-28 16:09

    Ha ha ha spending precious time, energy and money surveying on Zuma,,,,wooo! Really, he is untouchable and now u looking for ways to put him down woooow. That one remains with the ANC and its policy, don't worry South Africa. Whoever that the ANC elect as the president, we will vote for him/her. We know the stats include the youth of those from other opposition parties, who obviously won't want any ANC leader to take over. This is the fact. The research should be based on the political parties not individuals, this is not pop idols kwaaaa. Within the ANC membership only the factionists want Zuma out or in, but the real ANC loyal members don't care who is in the leadership at that time. They support the leader in order to keep the reputation on the organization. The ANC take decisions collectively because they believe in democracy, but those who r hungry for power start to point out things that do not help the country to progress from individuals, e.g., marrying many wives. That one is irrelavant to economic and development of the country. Cheap politics. I don't support Zuma, but I support wat the ANC wants. Viva maqabane viva! I-ANC senayenza uzime maqabane, or SRC I should say, lapho ni-electa khona inkokheli ngokuth iyakwaz ukungipha ukudla eDinning Hall uma ngicela. Weeewu! No fear N favour! Angkhathalelwe kuthenjwa. Angifun iANC niyisebenzise budlapha

  • sakkiem - 2012-09-28 16:13

    dis candy azz must go

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-09-28 16:19

    Better the 'Devil you know than the one you don't'. There really is NO ONE in the anc government that I would vote to be our President....except for our Lady Prosecutor Thuli. To run a country like this and do a good job, you need to be very knowledgeable in many aspects....and most of our anc politicians are only there because of popularity, not for their brains or foe their knowledge. UNTIL WE GET LEADERS THAT KNOW WHAT THEY DOING....OUR COUNTRY IS BUGGERED.

  • roiboss - 2012-09-28 16:20

    which youth are you talking about coz i want Zuma to come back as our president and he is also gonna come back anyway but just so that you know the south african media is so biased that its just been covering a bad side of Zuma and come what may the information bill needs to come in play coz of this lot like you. nizogoba bafana bami Uzuma AKHAYI NDAWO. JZ IS NOT GOING ANYWHERE

  • mphela.kelatu - 2012-09-28 16:22

    @Omni dat's true imagene why black n blue stone's in a messenger bag

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-09-28 17:21


  • richard.david.7355 - 2012-09-28 17:40

    If there is one candidate available with enough integrity and education to actually be a president, would he/she please stand up.

  • mlungisi.fynn - 2012-09-28 17:41

    He said he would not seek a 2nd term.Maybe Mbeki's fate appeals to him.

  • mmangaliso - 2012-09-28 21:20

    whenMbalula criticises every1 then u knw days are dark

  • kedebeer - 2012-09-28 22:07

    ANC must leave ....

  • nicholas.mfanawakhe - 2012-09-28 23:08

    Zuma must go,he is useless to the nation.

      shades.wanza - 2012-09-29 07:40

      but he was a benefit 4 the anc getting the zulu vote and for the looting to continue

  • pester.ngxanga - 2012-09-28 23:25

    Mr president on spot....nkandla is gonna be same with other place. U r done sorry.

  • raymond.sigauke - 2012-09-29 07:17

    Akahambe lo

  • Annelize Grobler - 2012-09-29 07:32

    Thuli Madonsela.... please run for president !!! *saluting*

  • Annelize Grobler - 2012-09-29 07:33

    Thuli Madonsela.... Please run for president !!! *saluting* :)

  • sibusiso.mhlongo.35 - 2012-09-29 08:59

    if i remember correctly before the polokwane conference the same survey's were telling us that seven provinces wanted Mbeki for a third term and only two, namely Mpumalanga and KZN wanted Zuma. we were even made to believe that 80% of the people of this country were in favour of Mbeki's re-election. what happened thereafter was the opposite of what had been the results of the survey.

  • mpho.phawe - 2012-09-29 09:09

    he mst stp dwn

  • B.b. - 2012-09-29 09:16

    Any president of the country is voted by the internal structures of the party and voted by the country at large. U r misleading us poor readers. The nominations will start on the first week of October and the ANC will decide through voting democratically.

  • samgaf - 2012-09-29 09:29

    After zooma,then what?Africa has a history of replacing one dictator with another.

      kail.hunter.5 - 2012-09-29 20:48

      I will only agree with you if you take out the _tator part.

  • philani.sokhela - 2012-09-29 09:30

    the youth of SA must understand that presidents are not elacted but are appointed. so we as ordinary people elacted a party but not president

  • Michael - 2012-09-29 15:56

    Youth want Zuma gone! These maybe correct, unfortunaltely there are processes in the ANC, i hope these youth are ANC branch members, if they are not, then what ever they feel and say will not make any difference.

  • precious.ndlovu.54 - 2012-09-29 21:31

    Politics these days are like hitting Lottery jackpot, once you win you don't care about what you've promised others. I don't think I vote for anyone's promises (empty promises) but I do know that I vote hoping that perhaps behind all of that, there is a heart that really strives to see a better life for all South Africans.

  • majaheni.magagula - 2012-09-29 21:44

    Interesting survey, it shows the racial and ethnic dynamics in this country (apartheid legacy)and quite a lot needs to be done to correct the situation otherwise we may find ourselves going round in circles.Another unfortunate factor about our youth is ignorance we need to develop the culture of reading to be well versed about issues rather than falling victims to political propaganda and rhetoric. I would recommend that Pondering Panda does a survey on the youth career choices and see if the majority of the will choose agriculture. The results might surprise you, you will be surprised why the youth is supporting agricultural land nationalization when they have no interest in agriculture. Its falling victims to loud and empty so called politicians who have no vision about their demands, all they know its loud talking and organizing marches

  • joy.clark.794628 - 2012-09-30 00:53

    South Africa needs a president who has the intellectual capacity to run a country with the problems and needs of South Africa. President Zuma is a popularist and so is Malema. Could you imagine President Mandela singing and performing on stage as these two have done.