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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Daily Maverick by Stephen Grootes.]

This week, it has been confirmed that the KwaZulu-Natal ANC will not be able to hold its elective conference in the immediate future. The people who would have organised it have said that it has been postponed indefinitely. The news comes after video was recorded showing two groups of people appearing to be in a stand-off, pistols clearly drawn. All of this is more confirmation, if any were needed, that the tensions which led to roughly two factions going up against each other at Nasrec have not been resolved.

Despite suggestions that the ANC is going to improve its electoral prospects, unity is still elusive. A video showing a confrontation between two groups of ANC members was shot during what was supposed to a meeting in the ANC’s Moses Mabhida region in Howick in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). Instead of the meeting, it appears that one group tried to force their way into the meeting, while another group tried to stop them.

It appears that the group trying to get into the meeting were people who support President Cyril Ramaphosa. In the middle of this melee, men thought to be bodyguards of the local mayor drew their firearms and held them at the ready. In the end, thankfully, no bullets were fired and the situation was defused.

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South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
5.2% y/y in November 2018 (CPI) & +6.8 y/y in November 2018 (PPI)
2.2% q/q (3rd quarter of 2018)
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