- A new survey has found that Ace Magashule has a favourability score of 11%
- This is the lowest of all the senior ANC party members
- It makes for a sharp contrast with Cyril Ramaphosa's high score of 62%
Nine out of ten South Africans dislike Ace Magashule, says a new survey.
The study, conducted by Citizen Survey, polled citizens' attitudes toward several politicians.
The survey found Magashule to be the least popular ANC leader.
Magashule, who is the ANC's secretary-general, received a favourability score of 11%, Briefly.co.za has gathered. This is a low for Magashule, but even his peak (16% favourability) is relatively low. For example, Jacob Zuma's favourability score when he left office was 26%.
According to The Citizen, Julius Malema's popularity has also dipped in recent months, currently standing at 25%. DA leader Mmusi Maimane's approval ratings, however, have remained stable, at 29% and 28% in the first and second quarters of 2019 respectively.
Magashule's favourability contrasts sharply with Cyril Ramaphosa's. The president enjoys significant public approval with a score of 62%, despite dealing with several political headaches despite the CR17 leaks and his legal battles with Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
Reza Omar, a director involved in the survey, says that Magashule's low score (and the low favourability of several other ANC leaders excluding Ramaphosa) indicate that the public is growing frustrated with ANC factionalism, IOL has reported.
"The South African public have clearly indicated that the in-fighting and ongoing public court battles are reducing their confidence in the ruling party," she said.
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