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‘Govt & Zuma to blame for SA going in wrong direction’

Ask Afrika interviewed almost 3,000 people and 77% of the group agreed the country is going in the wrong direction due to unemployment and corruption.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - A new survey has found that citizens believe government and President Jacob Zuma are to blame for the country going in the wrong direction.

Ask Afrika interviewed almost 3,000 people and 77% of the group agreed the country is going in the wrong direction due to unemployment and corruption.

Ask Afrika CEO Andrea Gevers says half of the respondents believe that fighting corruption will unite the country.

“What are the things our respondents want the government to address as soon as possible? The first thing, more important than employment, is fighting corruption.”

She says a new African National Congress president will face a tough task to meet communities’ expectations.

Gevers says 90% of those interviewed say they will vote corrupt government officials out of power.

Last month, the president said that he wants South Africans to decide for themselves how he has fared as a leader, saying that he has done many things.

Eyewitness News subsequently ran a poll on both Facebook and Twitter asking people what they think of Zuma’s legacy.

The poll options:

He has been great.

Extremely poor.

No better, no worse, than any other president.

Not bad, could be better.

Over 21,000 people voted on Facebook, with the majority of 94% saying he has been extremely poor. A total of 2,965 people voted on Twitter, with a huge 91% voting that he has been extremely poor.

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