This doughnut chart shows some of the unresolved problems facing South Africans since 1994 by percentage of the total number of votes from a 2020 opinion poll. The opinion poll that was used to gather the data that generated this chart asked a “balanced sample of 2 459 people from all nine provinces” to choose two of the most serious problems not yet resolved since 1994. The sample “covered both rural and urban areas and all socio-economic strata. Of the respondents, 78.6% were black, 9.0% were coloured, 2.9% were Indian, and 9.3% were white.” What this tells us is that while the data set is small, it is fairly representative of the average South African.
What does the data tell us?
We can conclude that 53.4% of average South African’s think that unemployment is an unresolved problem in their lives. Unemployment is followed by crime & safety at 22% and then corruption at 18.2%. The unresolved problems since 1994 that received the smallest number of votes are Inequality, Land Reform and Woman & Children Abuse. In this group, we also find Racial Discrimination which received 3.3% of the votes.
What do we do with this information?
Based on what I can gather, I am of the opinion that many individuals in the South African corporate media and government do not want to report on these facts. I suspect that one of the reasons is because if these individuals took seriously the fact that over 50% of South Africans think that unemployment is a big problem this would mean that they would no longer be able to benefit from racial policies such as BEE. In other words, they would have to abandon BEE in order to grow the economy and create jobs and so their benefits would dissappear. I suggest that our response should be to spread the word among our communities and towards our local government officials that we need jobs, safety and services! If they are unable to deliver these demands, then we must vote them out of power for people who will use policies and narratives that promote economic growth, safety and well being for all.