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Little trust between race groups two decades after Apartheid

Aarti J Narsee | 2015-12-08 12:42:14.0

The majority of South Africans feel there has been little movement since 1994 when it comes to race relations.

This was just one of the key findings of the Institute for Justice and Race Reconciliation’s latest Reconciliation barometer‚ launched in Cape Town today (Tuesday 8 December 2015).

The barometer‚ which surveyed more than 2‚000 adults‚ found that the situation has either "stayed the same or deteriorated" when it comes to interacting with other races.

An overwhelming 64‚4% said they had experienced racism at some point in their life‚ some even reporting daily racism.

Interactions with other race groups in intimate settings such as private homes or social and communal gatherings remained limited.

But the survey findings were not all bad news. Most South Africans believe that the country has made progress when it comes to reconciliation.

This goal of reconciliation will only be achieved when the income gap is addressed‚ the survey found.

The IJR will continue to release more results on this barometer next year.

Key Findings: 

- South Africans generally believe that the country has made progress on the road to national reconciliation since the end of apartheid (59.2%)‚ and are convinced that the country has to continue to pursue it as a national objective (69.7%).

- Most‚ however‚ believe that this objective will remain impossible for as long as those who were disadvantaged under apartheid remain poor. Inequality remains the most frequently mentioned source of social division within South Africa.

- A majority of respondents (61.4%) feel that race relations since 1994 have either stayed the same or deteriorated. Only 35.6% of the sample indicated that they experience no racism in their daily lives.

- Trust between the country’s historically defined racial groups remains low: 67.3% of all respondents noted that they have little to no trust in their fellow citizens of other racial groups.

- Economically better off citizens report higher levels of interracial interaction than those who are worse off.

- Although South Africans primarily associate with their own race and language groups‚ 75.5% of respondents noted that they regard being South African as a very important part of their identity.

- Most (71%) believe that it is important to strive for the creation of a united South African nation.


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