Six out of 10 black people in Gauteng think that blacks and whites will never trust each other – an improvement on three years ago. However‚ concern has grown among whites.
A Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) survey‚ released on Tuesday‚ shows that in general‚ racial attitudes softened between 2013 and 2015.
In 2013‚ 66% of people surveyed agreed with the statement that ‘blacks and whites will never really trust each other’. In 2015 this dropped to 58%.
“These results differ noticeably by race. 62% of African respondents agreed that blacks and whites will never trust each other‚ hearteningly down from 73% in 2013. However‚ the proportion of white respondents agreeing that blacks and whites will never trust each other increased from 40% in 2013 to 44% in 2015‚” the survey authors said.
The survey was done in 2015 with 30‚000 respondents from across Gauteng – prior to the many racial outbursts on social media that have jolted South Africans this year.
The GCRO is a partnership between the University of Johannesburg‚ the University of the Witwatersrand‚ the Gauteng Provincial Government and local government in Gauteng.
Tolerance towards other Africans and homosexuality were also tested in the survey.
The survey found that despite the xenophobic attacks in Gauteng in 2015‚ the proportion of South Africans who agreed with the statement ‘Gauteng belongs to South Africans only‚ send all foreigners home’ fell to 24% in 2015 from 38% in 2013.
Disturbingly‚ 14% of residents think it is acceptable to be violent towards gay and lesbian people.
Politically‚ 61% of people felt the country is going in the wrong direction – and were concerned about this year’s municipal elections.
The results show that only 52% agree that the vote will be free and fair‚ dropping from 66% who agreed that the 2011 elections were free and fair.
Source: Times Live