by Nashira Davids
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.