- A study carried out by the Institute of Race Relations has revealed how race relations are perceived in South Africa
- It revealed that relations between the races was actually very good
- The rise of Cyril Ramaphosa has also resulted in a far better mood in the country
The South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR) conducted a survey which has revealed an improvement in race-related issues in South Africa.
The study found that the experiences of different races with one another were mostly positive.
This study shows that the racially charged political rhetoric is not necessarily the opinion held by most of South Africa.
1000 people were interviewed, 292 of them were from minority groups such as whites, Indians and coloured people.
The remaining 708 respondents were black people.
The study found that:
77% of black people had not personally experienced racism directed at them.
90% of the black people interviewed believed that the races in South Africa need each other and there should be equal opportunities for all
63% of black South Africans think race relations have improved since 1994‚ while 16% think race relations have remained much the same since then;
Close on 80% of all respondents – and 77% of black South Africans – agreed that better education and more jobs would in time ‘make the present differences between the races steadily disappear’;
Creating more jobs‚ improving education and fighting crime were the three top issues which most South Africans wanted the government to focus on;
Only 5% of all respondents – and 4% of black South Africans – wanted the government to concentrate on ‘fighting racism’. In addition‚ a mere 1% of black respondents wanted the government to focus on speeding up affirmative action‚ while the same number wanted the government to concentrate on ‘speeding up land reform’;
More than two-thirds of all respondents (67%) agreed that the focus in hiring should be on merit‚ rather than race‚ with 62% of black respondents endorsing this view;
Two-thirds of all respondents agreed that politicians are exaggerating the problems posed by racism and colonialism in order to excuse their own shortcomings. A high proportion of black respondents (62%) agreed with this statement; and
Almost 60% of all respondents agreed that‚ in selecting sports teams‚ the best players should always be picked‚ even if race representation was not evident. Support for this was particularly strong among whites (91%)‚ coloureds (77%) and Indians (67%). A little over half of the black respondents (51%) also endorsed this perspective.
Since Cyril Ramaphosa became president the mood of the country has improved and so has business confidence.
The study has shown that things are not as bad as some believe in South Africa and race relations are generally very good.
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