The Jews of South Africa in 2019 March 2020: Identity, community, society, demography

Jewish population of South Africa, study reveals, totals 52,300 today, a drop of 25 percent since the last count in 2001.

About 15 percent of South African Jews say they are likely to leave the country within the next five years, with Israel by far their preferred destination, according to a comprehensive study of South African Jewry published this week. 

The top reason given was concerns about the future political stability of South Africa. 94% say that unemployment is a ‘very big’ problem in South Africa; similar proportions say the same about government corruption (93%) and crime levels (87%). The proportions saying the same about antisemitism and anti-Israel sentiment are 31% and 57% respectively.

Source: jpr