Over 60% of SA Citizens Lack Faith in Ramaphosa, shows Survey

An Afrobarometer survey found that more than 60% of South African citizens do not have faith in Cyril Ramaphosa's leadership. Read further for more.


South African Reconciliation Barometer, Mikhail Moosa, said the Afrobarometer survey found that majority of South Africans don't have faith in President Cyril Ramaphosa.

What we have found is that trust in the president is very low at the moment in 2021. Trust in the president has been declining in the last decade as well.

Afrobarometer project leader, Moosa, said they have asked South Africans across the country from multiple languages about their faith in Ramaphosa's leadership. Moosa added that the survey was conducted through face to face interviews. 

The aim of the survey was to see how South Africans feel about the government, economy, and public politics, says the survey leader. 

Moosa also said citizens were asked about how much faith they had in government institutions, mentioning key institutions like the executive arm of the government.

The survey had a striking finding that, the overall trust in Ramaphosa is lower than that of the former President, Jacob Zuma, says Moosa. 

The survey found that less than 40% of people trusting Ramaphosa excluded the recent corruption scandal of the former health minister, Zweli Mkhize. Moosa said people had faith in the health department when they conducted the survey. 

However, one of the findings by the Afrobarometer was that people have faith in broadcasters and the media at large.  

Ramaphosa's term as president has been frequented by a host of events which have had a negative effect across the term.

High up on the survey is the lack of trust in the police and the parliament process, says the survey leader. 

Moosa continued to say that Ramaphosa might have to look at the implementation of reforms which the government had failed to put into practice over the years.

Its also reported that the purpose of reforms is to change the structure and overall direction of an economy. Reforms therefore can affect the amount of resources available to a country.

Moosa said the economic reforms should be at the centre as they have a direct impact on the government's success which automatically converts to people's confidence. 

Another trend of concern which the Afrobaromter has found is the decline of confidence in the Electoral Commission (IEC) which manages elections. Moosa says this puts the democratic rights of the majority of South Africans at risk. 

The survey leader also said the loss of confidence in the IEC occurs at the time that fewer people register to vote, and added that this has been evident in the voter turnout during elections. 

Moosa says people have begun to see elections as a means to benefit politicians rather than a democratic process to a free and fair government for all. 

However, he added that if the Chafter Nine institutions and the IEC wants to win back public trust, they should consider going back to the public by increasing funding and also educate the people about the importance of participating in the democratic processes. He said institutions like the IEC and the Chapter Nine will have to demonstrate independence and efficiency capabilities. 

Its also reported that when people lose trust in the rural parties, they seemingly transfer the same attitude towards opposition parties. 

While Ramaphosa's leadership is reported to be on the decline, more evidence in the public contains issues, such as the high unemployment rate and economic downturns which cause continuous instability in the country. 

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