ANCYL slams TNS report
Wednesday, 11 August 2010 21:06
JOHANNESBURG - The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) has described a recent report by TNS Research Surveys as “opportunistic”.
In a survey released on August 6, TNS found that support for Julius Malema had dropped significantly since November last year.
According to the report, results of a study conducted in the last week of May and the first week of June 2010, indicated that 27% of people in South Africa’s major cities supported Malema while 71% did not.
The survey was conducted among 2 000 adults.
It said only 8% indicated a “don’t know” response.
This, however, is a complete contrast to an article ran by the Sunday Times at the weekend which said Malema had regained the upper hand as he was enjoying the majority support of the league’s provincial executive committees following interventions by the ANC’s hierarchy.
TNS further said while the majority of 53% felt the ANC had not yet punished Malema for his “scathing” public comments, 26% felt that this had been done and only 20% didn’t know.
ANCYL spokesman Floyd Shivambu told The Citizen that this was not a true reflection of the league’s position and that TNS was seeking publicity by “cooking up” research and portraying it as facts.
“ANC Youth League structures in all the provinces that have gone to congresses resolved that president Julius Malema should be re-elected in the 2011 Congress,” Shivambu said.
TNS Innovation and Development director Neil Higgs said the organisation would not lose any sleep over Shivambu’s remarks.
“We don’t have a view on the matter. We just report what the people tell us.
“Simply, it is clear that his (Malema) support has dropped in the last six months.’’