Poll shows why black and white South Africans can’t get along


Publication: Business Tech

The latest Gauteng City-Region Observatory Quality of Life Survey reveals what citizens of the South Africa’s most populous and wealthiest province think of the current social and political climate of the country.

The survey is based on 30,000 respondents from across Gauteng, and is the largest social attitudes survey ever conducted in the province. Over 200 questions were asked of residents from all parts of the province and every walk of life between July 2015 and May 2016.

The survey provides a holistic assessment of life in the Gauteng City-Region and zooms in to identify key areas and groups needing intervention and support.

One of the key metrics in the survey was looking at the psychological and social health of citizens in the province – how they relate to each other, their leaders, and their country. The survey results are broken down by race.

According to the GCRO, the province believes that South Africa is heading in the wrong direction, with an overall level of dissatisfaction (61%).

White and coloured populations showed the highest levels of dissatisfaction, while black Africans and the Indian population showed the most positive attitudes overall. However, even their views were ultimately converging with other population groups on the side of dissatisfaction.

Country Direction

The overall view of the current political leaderships is on a downward trajectory, with less trust in the 2016 elections being free and fair, a belief that press freedom is under threat, and an understanding that the judiciary is not free from government influence.

“The increasing suspicion about the state of the country’s democratic institutions is coinciding with people becoming disillusioned about politics,” the report said.

“While fewer people are willing to regard politics as a waste of time (than in 2013), more people are uncertain whether it is worthwhile to engage with politics or not.”

Race relations

Recent debates around race suggest that attitudes are hardening, the report showed.

Across all population groups, the belief that blacks and whites in the country will never get along and trust each other is still strong, but changing slowly among blacks, coloureds and Indians.

Whites – who have historically been the most positive in this regard – showed the opposite attitude, with an increase in respondents agreeing with the statement.

In 2011, 41% of white respondents agreed that blacks and whites would never trust each other – in 2015, this increased to 44%.

Black Africans have been, and remain the most pessimistic – in 2011 69% agreed that there would be no trust, though this has decreased to 62% in 2015.

Black and white trust

In line with the opposing views on racial cohesion, when it comes to affirmative action and BEE, black and white South Africans are again on opposite sides of the scales.

While an overall majority in Gauteng agree that AA and BEE need to be sped up (56%), the highest rate of agreement is among black Africans (60%), and the lowest is among whites (40%).


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