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Thumbs-down to Zuma, Sexwale

Most of SA’s youth want neither President Jacob Zuma nor Tokyo Sexwale as president of the country, according to a survey released yesterday.

“Respondents who correctly identified Sexwale’s profession were asked who they would prefer as president of South Africa, Zuma or Sexwale. Sixty-four percent of respondents rejected both choices,” insights company Pondering Panda said in a statement.

The survey involved 4 673 South Africans over the age of 18 across all demographic groups last week.

It found that only 57 percent of the respondents knew that Sexwale, who is minister of human settlements, was a politician or a businessman. “Eighteen percent thought he was a football player, 12 percent a comedian, and 6 percent said he was a judge.”

When the respondents who could identify Zuma and Sexwale were asked who they would want as president, 19 percent said Zuma and 17 percent opted for Sexwale.

“There is no doubt that the president has a lot of work to do to ensure that he is more widely accepted by the youth of this country,” said Butch Rice, of Pondering Panda.

“The scores he is currently achieving are too low and the lack of popularity could translate into lost votes for the ANC in the next election.” – Sapa

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