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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Financial Times by Joseph Cotterill.]

Just before Jacob Zuma survived the eighth parliamentary bid to fire him, one moment this week summed up the source of national fury at both the South African president and the decline of his once-mighty African National Congress. It centred on the three portly middle-aged brothers of an Indian family.

“We are rising against the Guptas, who are reshuffling cabinet . . . who are appointing the boards [of big state-owned companies] . . . who ensure that our economy is downgrading, and that our economy is in recession,” Julius Malema, the firebrand leader of the radical Economic Freedom Fighters, an ANC breakaway, shouted at his former comrades in parliament.

The subjects of his fiery attack were the businessmen Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta who came to South Africa in the 1990s just as the country was emerging from the grim decades of apartheid. From small beginnings — they started with a shoe shop, then a computer business — the brothers built a mighty mining-to-media empire.

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South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.5% y/y in June 2019 (CPI) & +5.8 y/y in June 2019 (PPI)
-3.2% q/q (1st quarter of 2019)
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