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Survey: Dissatisfaction with SA govt has grown

Survey finds that white people are more satisfied with government than black people.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Quality of Life survey has revealed that dissatisfaction with national government has grown since President Jacob Zuma fired former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene.

Yesterday, academics and the Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) unveiled their findings of the survey, which is released every two years. The study assessed the quality of life in the province.

At least 30,000 people have been interviewed on a variety of themes.

The survey shows that local government in the province has made significant gains in terms of service delivery to residents.

Director Graham Gotts said: "I think it's really important to note the impact of certain events that have unfolded over the many months of this survey, particularly this dramatic event that happened in December 2015, known as Nenegate, which shocked us all.

"We can see that national government starts off at 29% satisfied and 44% dissatisfied and it stays there for much of the survey. It dips quite considerably in December."

What came as a surprise to researchers is that white people are more satisfied with local government than their black counterparts, with a 10% difference between the two groups.

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