From Left: Jose Matemulane ( AFRIC President) and Mikael Cheuwa (AFRIC coordinator) at Sandton, Johannesburg.

By: Mogotladi Makgato

A community of independent researchers, experts and activists, Association for Free Research and International Cooperation (AFRIC), released its findings about their series of surveys conducted in October (11-20) 2018 and from January (29) to February (8) 2019. The October research consisted of 2249 respondents and the February research of 1501 respondents.

The president of AFRIC, Jose Matemulane, and the AFRIC project coordinator, Mikael Cheuwa, presented their findings to the media in Sandton (Johannesburg) on 19 February 2019.

They said that the main goal of the research was to reveal what respondents think about the main problems that the country is facing, and which political parties and leaders could solve those.

According to the survey only 27.3% noticed changes since the new dawn of President Cyril Ramaphosa, 49.9% positively asses his performance, 31.3 % found it difficult to provide an assessment.

It further elaborates that “69.2% would like to see Ramaphosa as the president in the next five years.” It says “ residents of the country perceive president Ramaphosa as pragmatic and experienced politician, a person with a business mindset, which gives high hopes for improving the quality of the life in the country.”

The research figure shows that people have regained confidence in the ANC post Ramaphosa. Negative attitude towards the ANC decreased by 3.5%. The electoral rating vote of the ANC increased by 12.1% while the DA electoral vote rating decreased by 5.2%. ANC had the highest positive rating in all provinces except Western Cape.

ANC led by 59.9% on the positive attitude respondents have towards parties, followed by EFF with 34.6% and DA by 28.0%. However DA led the parties with the highest number of negative attitude respondents had towards the party by 43.7%.

The research also mentions “6 000 000 South Africans under 30 years of age and eligible to vote have not registered as voters, while youth is the core support group of EFF.” It also states that 63.7% of South Africans get information on TV, 39.9% on radio and 11.5% on social media.

Respondents also highlighted that social issues like; unemployment, crime, corruption, drugs, poverty, alcohol and prostitution are the main social issues in the country.

According to Mikael Cheuwa these social issues are common throughout Africa but crime is higher in South Africa compared to other African countries. Unemployment rated as the highest social issue by 73.2% followed by corruption with 39.1% and crime with 35.8%.

AFRIC had conducted a similar research in other countries like Ivory Coast and believe that their findings are accurate and credible as the research was conducted twice and the outcomes are slightly different.