Most of SA’s youth do not want either Jacob Zuma or 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 SA president, Zuma or Sexwale.

Some 64 percent of respondents rejected both choices,” insights company Pondering Panda said.

The survey was conducted among 4 673 South Africans over 18 and across all demographic groups last week.

It found 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 six 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, who is reported to have presidential ambitions, although he has not confirmed this.

“The incumbent 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 achieving are too low and the lack of popularity could well translate into lost votes for the ANC in the next election.”

The ANC will hold its national conference at Mangaung in December, when the president of the ANC will be elected.

Zuma and Sexwale are both rumoured to want the position.

The president of the ANC is usually appointed president of the country.

Rice said Sexwale needed to build his profile if he wanted the top spot.

“(If) Sexwale does have designs on the presidency, he has an awful lot of work to do,” said Rice.

“Too many youngsters don’t know who he is, what he does, or what he can offer the country.” – Sapa