Sour note spoils the joys of Africa Day

The Africa Day celebrations were dampened by a report revealing that after living 15 years under democracy, South Africans remain sceptical about whether indeed theirs is a democratic country.

The Africa Day celebrations were dampened by a report revealing that after living 15 years under democracy, South Africans remain sceptical about whether indeed theirs is a democratic country.

This was revealed in an Afribarometer survey the results of which were released in Tshwane yesterday

The results revealed that fewer than 50percent of South Africans believe they live "in a true democracy".

This is in stark contrast with citizens from the rest of the continent, almost 60percent of whom "declared that they lived in a full or almost full democracy".

The Afrobarometer found that countries with more political freedom were less likely to be gripped by poverty.

The survey cited Zambia and Ghana as success stories, but Zimbabwe, Senegal and Madagascar as having less political freedom and higher levels of poverty.

The bad news for the continent is that in every country surveyed, the most common complaint was shortage of cash.

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