Only 38% of South Africans trust parliament, reveals IJR survey

The quarterly publication produced by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) since 2003, released the findings of their latest SA Reconciliation Barometer survey (SARB) which focused on elections.

Eye witness News reporter Rafiq Wagiet says the survey was started last year in September, and has lead up to next week's local government elections.

A concerning finding is that about 25% of South Africans say they would use violence as a form of political engagement.

Some of the IJR findings include:

  • According to the survey, two thirds of respondents believe politicians don't care about voters.

  • 6 out of 10 South Africans feel political governance is too complex for them to understand.

  • 48% of those surveyed believe their vote will not make a difference.

  • Trust levels in institutions is low. Only 38% trust parliament, 47% in national government and 40% in local government.

  • Trust in any SA president is at an all-time low. Only about 34% of South Africans trust Jacob Zuma.

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