Afrocynicism. Do you trust your government?

Afrocynicism. Do you trust your government?

Afrocynicism is swelling. The government’s failure to act against crooked public servants has made South Africa one of the most cynical nations on the continent, according to a new opinion survey.

In 2005, the year our then-deputy president, Jacob Zuma, was fired for corruption, one third of South Africans polled by the Afrobarometer research network believed government officials were unlikely to be brought to book for their crimes.

By last year that figure had risen to well over half, the steepest increase among Africa’s top 22 mining countries, according to the researchers’ latest opinion survey.

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