Youth have no confidence in Zuma - survey

2012-11-28 22:32

Johannesburg - Most young people in South Africa do not have faith in President Jacob Zuma, a survey revealed on Wednesday.

"If Parliament were to reflect the views of South Africa's youth, a vote of no confidence in our president would be carried by a healthy majority," research company Pondering Panda said in a statement.

The youth were asked to imagine they were members of Parliament, taking part in a vote of no confidence in Zuma's ability to lead South Africa.

The survey polled 2 801 South Africans aged between 18 and 34 across the country. About 60% said they would support the motion of no confidence, compared to 25% who thought his performance was satisfactory.

Sixteen percent were unsure as to how they would have voted.

Young black South Africans gave the president the thumbs down, with 57% saying they would pass a no confidence vote.

About 73% of whites and coloureds, and 79% of Indians, felt the same way.

Zuma received the most support from the youth in KwaZulu-Natal, with 47% giving him a positive rating, compared to the 34% who voted against him.

Earlier this month Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko gave notice in the National Assembly of a motion of no confidence in Zuma.

It was brought on the grounds "that under his leadership the justice system has been politicised and weakened; corruption has spiralled out of control; unemployment continues to increase, the economy is weakening, and the right of access to quality education has been violated".

The motion was "mandated" by eight opposition parties.

On 22 November the Western Cape High Court dismissed Mazibuko's urgent application to force a parliamentary debate on the motion.

The matter is currently before the Constitutional Court.

  • narike.lintvelt.9 - 2012-11-28 22:43

    I've started a petition supporting SA's opposition parties' motion of no confidence in Pres Zuma. Please take the time to sign and share this. Thank you.

  • junaid.vanderwalt - 2012-11-28 22:50

    How can they have confidence when he lacks one himself.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-11-29 08:48

      I’m pretty sure he is confident that he and his family will be able to “help themselves” more if he gets the seat for a second term. The man knows how to “help himself” and his family make no mistake about that.

  • RedForman101 - 2012-11-28 22:52

    There was once a ANC youth leader who said he would die for Zuma, well I suppose it won't be today, tomorrow or any other day...I forget his name... I any case he was a dumba$$

      fanie.viljoen.73 - 2012-11-29 06:14

      Actually a stupid article, who has confidence in Zuma, now that will be a nice read!

  • kingsley.mgidi - 2012-11-28 22:57

    i am on the list, i don't take zuma as my leader! He is weak

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-11-28 23:09

    Doesn't matter. Come December the caucus will vote him in again and 2013 will be rife with lobbying and more cries of "vote now we'll solve the problems later". The only hope all the youth have is to not fall for that trick and help vote ANC out in 2014. Else we're stuck with JZ and his merry band of thieves for another 5 years.

      mark.a.fysh - 2012-11-28 23:50

      Zuma is a weapon of mass-destruction for his own Party. By all means vote the doppelganger in and watch this split this alliance.

  • henry.vanderburpenfart - 2012-11-28 23:15

    The cracks are starting to show...

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-11-29 08:49

      Yeah I know, heard he plans on getting another wife. *sigh*

  • rowan.clark.10 - 2012-11-28 23:50

    The higher IQ the lower the support ,can we not decide for ourselves who we want for president and have the parties put their top candidates in a debate so we can hear and judge for ourselves or are they scared of being exposed ?.South Africa deserves the best not the most indebted and limited deployment again .

  • Kgotsoshalom - 2012-11-29 00:42

    If President Jacob will be elected to lead the ANC, then in 2014 i will withhold my vote. I think it's time that he vacate the office. I no longer have a confidence in him to continue running our country.

      eugenebosman69 - 2012-11-29 07:45

      The only way to ensure that PJ vacates office is to actually vote, not withhold your vote, just make sure you vote for any other party not standing for all this BS.

  • lhfick - 2012-11-29 00:59

    Who has confidence in anything related to the ANC!

  • FeebleGastro - 2012-11-29 02:36

    57% of blacks 79% of Indians 73% of whites AND coloureds Why lump whites and coloureds together when you are reporting along racial lines? Are the whites perhaps embarrassingly pro Zuma? I don't think so...

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-11-29 08:51

      You sure it is according to racial lines? Maybe it is according to IQ’s or insight or work ethics or even just plan common sense?

  • dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-11-29 04:54

    How can one have confidence in a thief,rapistand the one who is the most corrupt of them all ??

  • brionyl.french - 2012-11-29 05:03


  • sefako.mokgalaka - 2012-11-29 05:49

    pondering panda

  • doreen.nokwanda - 2012-11-29 06:12

    I am glad not all of us young people are airheads.let's not vote based on tribalism but let our vote be based on service delivery during the four years of his presidency.i personally feel he' done nothing but put a strain to our economy more especially while the country is still getting over the past recession.he's the only guy I know whole "legally"robs the country.all he did was just for self enrichment...

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-11-29 06:19

    It isn't just the youth ......

  • wayne.faulds - 2012-11-29 06:22

    A promising result then. But concerning is the KZN result which suggests that the youth in KZN might still largely be inclined to vote along ethnic lines.

  • altus.kirsten - 2012-11-29 07:14

    23million are youths. This 50% of our population. Tides are changing and the blue wave is coming in!

  • makgabo.morris - 2012-11-29 07:34

    How can i have confidents in thief, liar and rapist.

  • bless.boswell - 2012-11-29 08:18

    If I was a young person with an education, I would want the country to be led by someone I would be proud to call my president. Not an old sex maniac goatherd with a std 4.

  • MrDinwiddie - 2012-11-29 08:54

    60% of 2801 young people makes up most of SA youth?

  • cathy.vanvollenstee - 2012-11-29 09:32

    Well duh! No one has confidence in Zuma or the ANC leadership. The only reason they are still in power is because the brainwashed masses will vote as they are told to vote. No right thinking person would still vote ANC after seeing the useless leadership over the last 20 years not to mention the corruption and total disregard for the needs of people fo this country!!!

  • martin.warburg.5 - 2012-11-29 10:36

    No surprise here. It is surprising that "whites, coloureds and Indians" were as low as the seventies. I would have thought they would all be 98%.

  • khwezif - 2012-11-29 12:15

    Okay now seriously, who in their minds would vote for such a person, such a party!?....I'm quite sure that everybody understands that if they vote for the ANC at this state they deserve the label of dumb person, just a matter of how brainwashed they hate how this country is ruled...

  • Michael Jackwood - 2013-03-11 16:07

    who cares, which youth? Zuma was voted into power by majority of youth, who is this survey consulting?

  • Ronn Lebese - 2013-08-26 17:43

    let me gues, the motion of no confidence is passed against the shower man!

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