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IJR alarmed by voters' willingness to resort to violence

The 2015 SA Reconciliation Barometer shows two thirds believe elected leaders do not care about their plight.

file: Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) officials during voter registration weekend. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

DURBAN - The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) says it's alarmed that a quarter of eligible voters are willing to resort to violence.

This is according to the 2015 South African Reconciliation Barometer survey.

The survey's findings have been released in Durban this morning.

KwaZulu-Natal has seen more than a dozen politically motivated killings in recent weeks in the run up to the local government polls.

The 2015 South African Reconciliation Barometer shows almost half of South Africans feel out of touch with government institutions such as Parliament, while two thirds believe elected leaders do not care about their plight.

The IJR's Jan Hofmeyer says what's most disturbing is that a quarter of all respondents have used or show a need to engage in violence to achieve political objectives.

In the past few months, KwaZulu-Natal has been the scene of several political killings, the majority being African National Congress candidate councillors.

Hofmeyer says voter apathy is also very high, as South Africans appear to be losing faith in politicians faster than ever before, with 48 percent feeling their vote doesn't make a difference.

Click here for EWN's feature tracking the political violence hot spots.