31 Oct 2012

Big racial divide still evident South Africa

7:03 am on 31 October 2012

New census figures in South Africa show the income of white households is six times higher than black ones.

2011 census statistics show that while the income of black households increased by nearly 170% in the last decade, they still earned the least.

President Jacob Zuma says the census shows the black majority is still at the bottom of the rung, 18 years after white minority rule ended.

The population is now nearly 52 million, 79% of whom are black people. It has risen by seven million since 2001.

Nearly 30% of the labour force is unemployed and more than three million children are orphans.