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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Daily Maverick by Peter Fabricius of the ISS.]

Later this month South Africa’s ruling party begins its five-yearly policy conference to determine the direction to be taken by the new ANC president who will be elected in December. This is assuming that that person also becomes South Africa’s president after the 2019 national elections.

This week Edna Molewa, chair of the ANC’s sub-committee on international relations (and national environment minister), presented the party’s draft international relations document to be discussed at the policy conference. The document will then be adopted at the national elective conference in December.

The document is founded on the overarching principle of “progressive internationalism”. This is defined as “a radical perspective of international relations that the liberation movement developed out of the struggle for liberation … it entails opposition to the perpetuation of the legacy of global imperialism manifest in the global power asymmetry, the dominance of the global North over the South and the world, structural global inequality and poverty”.

Etcetera. You can feel the nostalgia. As three notable foreign policy analysts wrote this week in a provocative response to the policy paper, the ANC’s “perspectives on power dynamics in the world have travelled back in time, and are frozen in a world that no longer exists”.

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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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