This is who South Africans think is the best leader in the country


A poll conducted by eNCA and market research company Ipsos, shows who South Africans think is the best leader out of the three major political parties contesting the local municipal elections on Wednesday – 3 August.

Each leader is evaluated on a scale from 0 to 10, where 0 means that the respondent is totally against the person as a political leader and 10 means they are totally in favour of this leader.

The table below summarises the views of registered voters about the leaders of the three strongest political parties in the country.

The best leaders for South Africa

 Party Leader Average out of 10
ANC Cyril Ramaphosa 5.7
ANC Jacob Zuma 4.9
DA Mmusi Maimane 4.5
EFF Julius Malema 3.1

The scores for deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa are added, due to the important role he plays in the ANC campaign, Ipsos said.

The wishes of voters

Regardless of the outcome of the local government elections South Africans who are registered to vote want their local councils to focus on a few very key issues during the five-year term in office:

Most important issues to focus on: All issues mentioned Most important issues
Unemployment 87% 40%
Crime 57%  9%
Corruption 55% 13%
Development of infrastructure 47% 12%
Poverty 47% 7%
Education 38% 3%
Health (excl. HIV and AIDS) 27% 1%
Land reform 24% 1%
HIV and AIDS 22% 1%
Brain drain 15% 1%

The polls surveyed a demographically representative group of people made up of adults across all racial groups (majority black – 74%) between the ages of 18 and over 50, from low to middle income households.



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