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Report card: The Zuma era in South Africa, 2009-2018 In the eyes of his people, former South African President Jacob Zuma’s nine-year tenure, which ended late on Valentine’s Day, was marked by declining popular trust and lacklustre performance. Read more
In South Africa, trust in political leaders plunges to near-record low Citizens who trust their government are more willing to listen and render support to government policies aimed at improving the country (Government Communication and Information System, 2014). Read more
Fewer South Africans say opposition parties should focus on monitoring and criticising the government The proportion of South Africans who say that “opposition parties should monitor and criticize the government in order to hold it accountable” has been decreasing since 2008. Read more
As South Africa’s local elections approach, public confidence underpins a system in turmoil South Africa’s fourth democratic local government elections in August 2016 will be a test for the long-ruling but troubled African National Congress (ANC), for opposition parties hoping to claim some major cities, for an Independent Electoral Commission... Read more
Despite decline in lived poverty, South Africans increasingly pessimistic about the economy Considering the barrage of bad economic news to which South Africans have been subjected, perhaps the most remarkable aspect of 2015 Afrobarometer survey findings on the economy is that on a personal level, citizens seem to be doing slightly better. Read more
South Africans rate current political system far better than apartheid but report little change in socioeconomic conditions Since South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy in 1994, the government’s development plans have focused on redressing racial inequalities in socioeconomic outcomes. Read more
South Africans unhappy with the economy, see slow progress since 1994 Findings from Afrobarometer Round 6 surveys in South Africa. Read more
South Africans report racial discrimination by employers and courts April 15 marked the 20th anniversary of the first hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), which sought “to provide for the investigation and the establishment of as complete a picture as possible of the nature, causes and extent of... Read more
South Africans are demanding more of their leaders, and democracy By Boniface Dulani, senior lecturer in the Department of Political and Administrative Studies at the University of Malawi and Afrobarometer’s operations manager for fieldwork. Read more
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Immigration remains a challenge for South Africa’s government and citizens New findings from the 2015 Afrobarometer survey suggest there has been little change in South Africans’ unwelcoming attitudes toward foreigners. Read more

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