Despite the country boasting a constitution that provides protection for sexual minorities, a new study has revealed that over 80% of South Africans believe that homosexuality is wrong, reports the Sunday Times.
The information is contained in the annual South African Social Attitudes Survey, which is released by the Human Sciences Research Council.
While disapproval of homosexuality is highest among people older than 24, researchers Ben Roberts and Vasu Reddy said that the vast majority of people across all age groups do not approve of same-sex relationships.
The study found that highly educated and urban people tended to have a more positive view of homosexuality compared to more rural, less educated people. The report also found that homosexuality continues to be seen as “un-African.”
The Human Sciences Research Council has been conducting the South African Social Attitudes Survey on an annual basis since August 2003. It is a nationally representative sample survey that gathers information on the public’s attitudes, beliefs, behaviour patterns and values.