Sunday, May 24, 2009

'Faith in Political Institutions Eroded'

by Nashira Davids
Sunday Times
May 24, 2009

South Africans’ faith in public institutions has steadily dropped in the past three years.

The results of a national survey, conducted over three years by the Institute for Democracy in South Africa, found that people have in particular lost confidence in political parties — from 48% in 2006 to 35% in 2008.

The results were presented at a symposium, Fifteen Years of Democracy in South Africa: Gains and Challenges, at the University of the Western Cape on Thursday.

Confidence was also noticeably lower in the presidency, which went from 77% in 2006 to 55% in 2008; and in local government, which fell from 50% in 2006 to 40% in 2008.

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