Auditor General’s battle for accountability needs political backing

A recent article by Joachim Wehner and Dan Berliner in the Daily Maverick makes a bold statement that, "If the government is serious about tackling corruption, it must support the use of the enforcement powers of the Auditor-General that the audit bill envisages, by ensuring that...

Undecided voters will be key as survey shows party loyalties are waning

According to an article on Business Live by Professor Collette Schulz-Herzenberg, undecided voters will be key to the election results as party loyalties wane. The latest SACS data found that only 55% of eligible voters feel close to a political party. Parties will be forced...

Citizen Surveys: How many white EFF supporters exist, and 11 other stats

Tom Head from The South African asks the question if anyone has caught election fever yet? This article is a "Citizen Surveys Guide" to all things ANC, DA and EFF. With the 2019 Elections nearing – possibly before next May – the interest over where each party’s support is...

Cyril’s popularity has dropped, according to new survey

A recent article by Eric Naki originally published in The Citizen says that the president’s performance rating grew from 64% in the first quarter (Q1) to 68% in Q2 and dropped to 54% in the current quarter.   Ramaphoria is waning and South Africans’ perceptions of the...

Survey shows Zuma and ANC’s mutual dance to the bottom

This recent article by Professor Bob Mattes originally published in The Conversation shows how Zuma's decrease in popularity brought the ANC's popularity down with him. Opinion polls in South Africa have clearly shown the sharp decline in citizens’ approval of Jacob Zuma’s performance as president over...

President Zuma’s Approval Rating Hits Lowest Point Yet

Over the past six months, South Africans have given President Jacob Zuma the worst performance ratings of any President since the advent of our country’s democracy. Only one-in-four South Africans (25%) believe Zuma is doing a good job, while over seven-in-ten (72%) said that he is...

Ramaphosa Takes Lead over Dlamini-Zuma in Voter Preference for ANC Nomination

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa continues his lead in the race for presidential nomination by the African National Congress (ANC). The South African Citizen Survey (SACS), a monthly survey carried out by Citizen Surveys, since 2015 has asked South Africans about their views of the major contenders...

Future in the balance – by David Everatt and Ross Jennings

The ANC’s elective conference will be a crucial decider for 2019 voters, write David Everatt and Ross Jennings. As ANC branch members meet to nominate new leadership for the party’s upcoming December elective conference, they should be thinking about the effect that their choices will have...