'50% of youth have no confidence in politicians'
The stats were revealed by a survey conducted by the Institute for Justice & Coalition.
CAPE TOWN - The Institute for Justice and Coalition's latest findings show young South Africans have lost faith in politicians, with 50 percent of them believing that government has turned a deaf ear to their issues.
The latest South African Reconciliation Barometer involved more than 3,000 young people, between the ages of 15 and 35, who were asked about their views on matters including government, voting and law enforcement.
According to the institute, South Africans who are eligible to vote for the first time in 2014, hold a major trump card when it comes to deciding the country's next leadership.
The institute's Fannie du Toit said more than leadership is at stake at the upcoming ANC national elective conference, scheduled for later this month.
In the run up to the 2014 general elections, political leaders will have to consider how to appeal to these first-time voters, known as the "born frees".
At least 66 percent of these voters, black and white, believe apartheid was wrong and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) made great progress.
Meanwhile, barometer results shows 40 percent of black people under the age of 35 have little or no confidence in political parties.
This as the country grapples with service delivery protests and widespread strikes in the mining and farming sectors.
People in previously disadvantaged communities believe they have to protest in order to get the government to listen to them.
Most of the protests have been marred by violence, with protesters torching municipal property.
At the same time, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has vowed to win Gauteng in 2014.
Currently, the party is only governing in the Western Cape.