Youth reject Zuma, Sexwale - study

2012-06-18 13:50

Johannesburg - Most of South Africa's youth do not want either Jacob Zuma or Tokyo Sexwale as president of the country, according to a survey released on Monday.

"Respondents who correctly identified Sexwale's profession were asked who they would prefer as president of South Africa, Zuma or Sexwale. Sixty four percent of respondents rejected both choices," insights company Pondering Panda said in a statement.

The survey was conducted among 4 673 South Africans over the age of 18 and across all demographic groups last week.

It found that only 57% of the respondents knew that Sexwale, who is minister of human settlements, was a politician or a businessman.

"Eighteen percent thought he was a football player, 12% a comedian, and 6% said he was a judge."

When the respondents who could identify Zuma and Sexwale were asked who they would want as president, 19% of respondents said Zuma.

Presidential ambitions

Seventeen percent opted for Sexwale - who is reported to have presidential ambitions, although he has not confirmed this.

"There is no doubt that the incumbent president has a lot of work to do to ensure that he is more widely accepted by the youth of this country," said Butch Rice, of Pondering Panda.

"The scores that he is currently achieving are too low and the lack of popularity could well translate into lost votes for the ANC in the next election."

The ANC will hold its national conference at Mangaung in the Free State in December, when the president of the ANC will be elected.

Zuma and Sexwale are both rumoured to want the position. The president of the ANC is usually appointed as president of the country.

Rice said Sexwale needed to build his profile if he wanted the top spot.

"Also, if rumours are true and Sexwale does have designs on the presidency, he has an awful lot of work to do," said Rice.

"There are too many young South Africans that don't know who he is, what he does, or what he can offer the country."

Consumer insights company Pondering Panda is a member of the World of Avatar group, which also owns MXit, Africa's biggest mobile social network.

  • Lourenzo - 2012-06-18 13:57

    Who is Tokyo Sexwale? Never heard of him

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-18 14:01

      He built your mom's house

      Tax - 2012-06-18 14:04

      Hes a comedian. Like the rest of the ANC.

      burtfred.brown - 2012-06-18 14:10

      He probably owns your mom's house

      ribie.sebe - 2012-06-18 14:27

      ignorance is not bliss

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-06-18 14:38

      Are you from Uganda ???

      Andrew - 2012-06-18 14:39

      the old reject them too!!

      LouisPVenter - 2012-06-18 15:13

      This is a good example that there is a huge problem with the "youth" in S.A. They can't think for themselves because the school curriculum is so easy a bright grade 2 kid can nowadays do a grade 7 exam. Everything must be spoon fed to them because they can't think for themselves. One should not be surprised of these stupid answers they give because even their Youth league leaders whom are already close to 30 years old and who are their examples in life, are even more stupid than them. If one listens to what they fight for and what their arguments is about then one only realize they are not just brain dead, there is no brain at all.

      downwiththeANC - 2012-06-18 15:39

      He is a nincompoop just like everyone in government.

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-06-18 15:40

      Actually the 12% are quite correct!!! Clown would be more accurate though.

      aisha.kekana - 2012-06-18 15:40

      I am sure this survey was conducted in white dominated areas; I don’t think there is a Black person who doesn’t know Tokyo.

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-06-18 15:51

      actually aisha.kekana I think you will find whites are far more aware of his murderous history than any black man.

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-06-18 15:57

      In 2001 Sexwale was accused, along with Cyril Ramaphosa and Mathews Phosa, of plotting to depose President Thabo Mbeki. Sexwale denied the charges and all three received the backing of Nelson Mandela; In 2005, Sexwale was roundly criticized for being "indecisive" during the live finale of the South African version of The Apprentice, which he fronted on SABC3. Both finalists, Zanele Batyashe, 24, and Khomotso Choma, 34, were hired in the finale which aired September 22 A further black mark against Sexwale is the appearance of his name in a United Nations report on illegal transactions under the Oil-for-Food Programme. Sexwale's Group 5 has received criticism for their involvement with Gugulethu Tycoon, Mzoli Ngcawuzele in the Guguletu Square Mall.[In July 2009 Sexwale was criticized by some civil society organizations and academics for what they called 'publicity stunts' as well as for accusing protesting communities of fermenting 'anarchy' and threatened 'zero tolerance' against protesters 'acting under other flags

      Charles-Bronson - 2012-06-18 16:12

      Do a Survey on News24 and you will see the result: Useless Zuma Zero.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-18 16:25

      Aisha kekana., you think whites are damn fools?. - 2012-06-18 21:33

      nkosinathi.sinanda - 2012-06-19 02:12

      He is the man who once slept in a security tightly guarded Diepsloot shack just to feel how cold and degrading life is for us people who live in shack. By the way he is mine mogul

  • joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-06-18 13:58

    I am not a yut anymore and I sure as hell don't want them either. actually start at ANC 1 and go all the way down the list and it is still no.

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-18 14:03

    It's very scary to think that we don't have one leader in this country that the people actually want to lead us. The Youth League are a disaster, the mother body is falling apart. Maybe we should look to the DA, they seem full of competent leaders.

      nmateke - 2012-06-18 14:58

      DA has no offer when it come to policies that could transform this country, if DA can offer better polices, better participation of people, and stop running a political org like some big Business, with the CEO owning the busines. They should stop guying votes on the bases of corruption, people change once they are in power. ANC policies still bring hope to may people in this country

      Irene - 2012-06-18 15:29

      nmateke ~ Enjoy eating hope for breakfast and just keep hoping. After 18 year's aren't you wondering why you're still hoping?

      Jacqui - 2012-06-18 16:28

      Nmateke, you know nothing about the DA. Your ignorance is painful. I wonder who the people are the ANC policies bring hope to. How long do they have to keep hoping?.

      Kenna - 2012-06-18 16:35

      nmateke - actually, dear, seeing that you obviously have interweb access, why don't you go and look at the DA website. There you will find some very real policies. They also don't involve blaming whites for everything. The DA is the only party that is actually focusing on getting the country out of this mess, rather than pathetic in-fighting, theft, appointing cronies and corruption. The ANC has failed. It is time for a new government. If they don't do what we want then we can always vote in someone else next time. But the ANC has completely and utterly disgraced the people of this country and itself.

      Kevin - 2012-06-18 22:41

      nmateke the ANC policies only bring vain hope. After 18 years they have only achieved a fraction of what they promised mainly because they dont understand how the the economy works. Until they get to grips with foreign investment, certainty of the investment environment and the rule of law, there will be very little investment in the economy that creates jobs. So their promises will mostly remain unfulfilled.

  • Ditantane - 2012-06-18 14:07

    "Eighteen percent thought he was a football player, 12% a comedian, and 6% said he was a judge." this happens when you conduct your survey using drunkered youth, i suppose this survey was conducted in CT

      joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-06-18 14:10

      possibly at the last ancyl provincial conference

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-06-18 14:42

      What are you drinking at the moment Ditantane.....Johnny Blue???

      antin.herinck - 2012-06-18 15:10

      Ditantane, we realise that such surveys sit very uncomfortable with you. It shows both how ignorant you yoof is, and it also shows how much your precious ANC leadership has no power-base amongst that yoof. Shame man, shame.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-18 16:30

      Ditantane, nope not in Cape Town here they were all at school.

  • jake.neumann.35 - 2012-06-18 14:09

    Who is this Jacob Zuma oke they are referring to?

      Press - 2012-06-18 14:39

      How bad a party must you be if the best you can come up with is a tribalist with no education to run a modern state in 2012 . . .

      Jacqui - 2012-06-18 16:33

      Jake, he use to play the second fool in King William's Court while the knights were lounging around the Round table after a skirmish or a joust. He was the one with little bells on his shoes and a pink feathery skull cap and a powder blue fan.

  • Irene - 2012-06-18 14:17

    These bottom feeders don't know who Tokyo Sexwale is? OMG! No wonder they keep voting for the cANCer!

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-18 14:19

      They thought Tokyo was some Japanese imperialist, who also just happens to be in comedy

      Mondli - 2012-06-18 16:45

      Irene, how can they vote for ANC if they don't even know Sexwale, who is by the way ANC, let alone not wanting Zuma? You are the bottom feeder

  • gandanga.tororo - 2012-06-18 14:22

    I am afraid the youth of today are learning nothing!? Cde Angie, Blade pull-up your socks. Maybe wrong people were surveyed anyway. Hoping agaist hope; I give up.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-18 14:26

      I'm afraid that's what happens when we continually lower the passing grades to cater for the lowest common denominator.

  • kevin.moreland2 - 2012-06-18 14:25

    looks like the anc have alot of brainwashing to do..... what a joke !!!!!!

  • Allan - 2012-06-18 14:27

    Shows the masses vote for the brand "ANC" irrespective of who is in control, what they stand for or on their ability to deliver

  • olebogeng.diratsagae - 2012-06-18 14:29

    neither do i.i reject both.motlanthe is my president il wait until he takes da seat then il vote.

      joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-06-18 15:01

      and that kiddies is ANC sheeple logic, 'only when someone I like is already in power then I will vote'. Viva basic edukation Viva

      refilwekhumalo.precious - 2012-06-18 15:19

      i am a member of the ANC but i wil vote DA if ZUMA wins at Mangaung.VIVA President Motlanthe VIVA.

      Irene - 2012-06-18 15:32

      Joe.farmer ~ It defies believe that the vote is based on who the president is and not that nothing will change while they keep voting cANCer. Very sad mentality.

  • Shirley Van Heerden - 2012-06-18 14:49

    Whahahahahaha!!!! sooooo funny :-)

  • Andricca - 2012-06-18 14:54

    Whereas Zuma is an outright naked lunatic, Sexwale is desperate for Leading the ANC, and I think he must relax before we get irritated

  • Sibusiso - 2012-06-18 14:54

    This only shows the ignorance of S.A youth, I'm ashamed as a young person to be labelled \youth of S.A with these fools\. No wonder they keep on voting for wrong people.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-06-18 15:25

      Same peeps claiming a greater say on governance. This is why the head of the household are the parents and not the children.

      Kenna - 2012-06-18 16:38

      Wait until the elections when the current kids vote - the next ones. I think we may see something interesting. They are the Born Frees (post 94) - let's hope they have something of value to add, ie - not the cANCer.

  • Andricca - 2012-06-18 14:56

    Can you really imagine living everything to go and vote the Zuma-led ANC during elections - that will be a waste of time and lack of foresight. The ANC does not have options, it must kick this polygamist out now

      Kenna - 2012-06-18 16:39

      I dunno - I think they should keep him. That way the DA stands a real chance at winning a large number of votes.

  • - 2012-06-18 15:08

    Newsflash: Its not just the youth....

  • Henk - 2012-06-18 15:11

    They should reject the ANCYL and then the ANC

  • phosa.peter2 - 2012-06-18 15:13

    The survey was conducted at hoèrskool willovale in western cape.

      Irene - 2012-06-18 15:34

      Try as hard and you like, we all know how stupid your comment is. Typical cANCer mentality ... always lying and denying.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-18 16:39

      Phosa, nope, you are wrong. The Willowvale high school had all their school books and were actually all learning to speak French. When they sit outside under the tree they are just relaxing, it isn't one of their classrooms. Nice isn't it?. Bless the W.Cape for it's well functioning schools. Don't you wish????????????

      Kenna - 2012-06-18 16:39

      Denial - not just a river in Egypt buddy.

      Mondli - 2012-06-18 16:51

      ...and Irene your mentality is typically what judging by your generalisation of ANC supporters? Phosa is a racist who needs to heal his heart and free his mind so one day he may have a possitive contribution, not on this platform but SA.

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-06-18 15:30

    That 12% was not far off the mark.

  • jensbirger.giebelmann - 2012-06-18 15:31

    57% said minister and business man and 12% said comedian. so that is 69% who got it right

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-06-18 15:41

    Reality check. They want I dumb and uneducated so we don't have a opinion and ask questions. Let's stay dumb uneducated and controlled

  • sango.jika - 2012-06-18 15:53

    If the ANC still value our votes they better get rid of Zuma period.

  • cassius.maziya - 2012-06-18 16:03

    This should not be a question of popularity, but the potential to offer what is required for that position. when are going to learn this?

  • Zanele - 2012-06-18 16:17


      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-18 16:18

      If I didn't know better I would have gone with Japanese porn star

  • Warwick Bristow - 2012-06-18 16:20

    I don't think the youth have a qualified on who their president should be. Young people are most often influenced by popularity and style and generally don't have a mature well rounded view of life.

  • gucci.mei - 2012-06-18 16:22

    No matter how bad it gets we'll never vote the DA into power :)

  • Jacqui - 2012-06-18 16:23

    Funny, I always thought Sexwale was a comedian too.

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-06-18 16:32

    I thought Zuma was the comedian

  • gareth.bure - 2012-06-18 16:33

    I would just like to add, I'm 23 and don't for one moment think that the youth of this country is as stupid as you think - Are you people so out of touch with the youth that you instantly assume ignorance as stupidity? truly, Let me explain something to you lot that obviously no one else has tekent eh time to explain. The youth of this country, let's say people under teh age of 30, have no interest in Politics because it is a mockery and there is not one competent leader amoung them (being the people who seek to run the country), as a 23 year old, i have never partaken in elections, locally or nationally for the simple reason, no party deserves my vote, the same can be said for a vast majority of youngsters who laugh at politics and can't wait for the day that most, if not all the "old Apartheid war dogs" die. Black people, white people, coloured people, asian people, Indian people the like, None care enough to even read the news anymore, it is common knowledge amoungst the youth that society is broken, corruption is rife and hatred is still strong towards other ethnic groups. As much as I believe people are sheep and require a decent herder, they also intelligent sheep who shant follow blindy some arrogant swine who seeks to buy votes and manipulate people. When you refer to the youth, don't refer to the mass un-educated people living in townships, refer to the ones who are studying, who work, who contribute to society in a positive manner. Your negativity helps no one.

      Kenna - 2012-06-18 16:43

      Well, that's actually disgraceful. If you can't be bothered to vote and get involved then stop whining about BEE or no jobs or whatever you tend to warble on about. As far as I am concerned, you are not actually contributing in any way that is valuable. Wake up and vote. This type of head in the sand attitude is not something I see in young people - but hey, maybe I choose to surround myself with those who do in fact give a f*^k about the country and its future.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-18 16:47

      Gareth, and how are you helping?. No party deserve your vote?. So don't have an opinion about politics. A pity you feel so above the rest that you make out most people are sheep. We hear you bleating, loud and clear.

      pale.tshepho - 2012-06-18 16:56

      you are the only one who make sense. i concur with you, it's not stupidity but rather ignorance. we are reluctant to cast our votes because there's no party which is right on point, they are all fighting over power and to control in the ring, but once they are in control, they all change and disregards most important things. We need people who views the current situation with objectivity, not trying to win points against the other party/race

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-06-18 17:59

      Gareth as you don't vote you should just shut up and don't complain about anything. I think the mass un-educated people you so rudely referd to that voted can demand more than you.

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-06-18 16:34

    Pity they didn't ask the youth who they wanted as president, could be insightful as they are going to be the ones voting. Maybe they would like a footballer, or a comedian, and I'm sure that the ANC could oblige.

  • gareth.bure - 2012-06-18 16:37

    it is a well known fact that teh bad always far out-weighs the good, But for the sake of every single person in this country, look past your stupidity and blind anger and hatred and notice that things are changing, slowly, but they are changing, as companies change hands from old into younger, change is occuring on a vast scale - Think of it if you will as another revolution, a more subtle, slow revolution that involves people raised to be mroe open minded and less racist, to love more and hate less, to care more and show compassion. Yes there will be crime and hatred, but the good people will prevail if you just maintain a certain level of dignity and compassion. When was the last time you hugged someone of another race? Asked them how they were doing and really meant it. To all you 'Adult mature' folks, Grow up.

      Kenna - 2012-06-19 09:02

      Yup, and I guess you have paid no attention to Zimbabwean politics. Carry on. I find your ignorance and apathy actually massively disappointing. Pay attention to the world around you and these buttheads we have in power. Get off your high horse and vote DA.

  • Zandi Mogane - 2012-06-18 16:40

    If anyone ask me who do i prefer as the next president, i would prefer Gwede Mantashi or Zwelinzima Vavi

      Jacqui - 2012-06-18 16:48

      Zandi, good heavens.

      mantsho.tlali - 2012-06-18 16:51

      Now your Crazy, on top of all the people you cannot think of Matashe, just listen to him when he speaks, a pure idiot! Vavi is full of hypocricy and he cannot be trusted.

      Mondli - 2012-06-18 16:53

      Jacqui, I don't care why you said that but that's a damn funny comment! hahaha...damn my afternoon is made

      Mondli - 2012-06-18 16:56

      I actually think Zandi you meant this as a joke. So I'm laughing at that too! hahahaha...afternoon really made

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-06-18 17:50

      Hehehe Zandi I get you! Some people don't have sense of humor. Lol

      Kenna - 2012-06-19 09:02

      You, little ANC supporter are a disgrace.

      Philimsomi - 2012-06-19 10:26

      @Jacqui u sound speechless! zandi is just joking!or atleast I hope so!

  • dorovan - 2012-06-18 16:50

    Mickey Mouse or Asterix?

  • johan.lombard.33 - 2012-06-18 16:54

    I would also reject both, but would rather see Zuma for another term than Sexwale. Better the devil you know!

      kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-06-18 17:04

      I agree with you Johan.

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-06-18 17:33

      Yebo' Sexwale is Malema's sugar daddy that is the resone for Malema's call for nasionalisation of mines as Sexwale have a lot of shears in the mining industry and want to get rid of it before the mines goes down the drain.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-06-18 17:41

    "Youth reject Zuma", Sexwale . Good. Next step : "Youth reject ANC". Better. Next step : "Youth reject all political parties" Excellent. Next step : Civilized subservient national democratic government installed.

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