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Youth losing faith in police – survey

Research shows that most young people do not feel protected by the police.

SAPS on the scene. Picture: Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - Young South Africans have lost faith in the police force, a recent survey revealed on Monday.

The study was conducted by consumer insight company Pondering Panda.

They asked people between the ages of 18 and 34 to answer questions about how they perceive the police force.

The survey was conducted on social networking platform Mxit.

Pondering Panda spokesperson Shirley Wakefield said, "About 66 percent of them said they did not trust police to come to their aid in an emergency.

"They gave the impression that they don't feel protected by the police when they find themselves in tricky situations."

Wakefield said the youth held government responsible for their mistrust.