Are South Africans losing faith in government?

A recent survey shows that many South Africans are disillusioned with local government.

A  panel, including UCT professor Pierre de Vos, Inyathelo's Nomfundo Walaza & former constitutional judge Albie Sachs, discusses the Constitution as the country marks 20 years since its adoption on 8 December 2016. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A University of Cape Town sociology professor says a recent survey shows many South Africans are disillusioned with local government.

University of Cape Town Associate Professor Rajen Govender spoke at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation on Thursday.

The institute helped mark 20 years since the adoption of the country's Constitution.

The 2015 South African Reconciliation Barometer Survey indicates six out of 10 South Africans view corruption as the biggest threat to citizens' constitutional rights.

Govender says many people indicated an extremely low level of confidence in local government.

“If we look at the number of service delivery protests, it’s a clear indication of this disjuncture between the demand for services and local government’s capability to supply services.”

Govender adds service delivery has been identified as an important driver for the country's future and for their own future.

He says poor service delivery is cause for concern as it creates potential for conflict.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)