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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Elections 2016

[Source: Daily Maverick by Stephen Grootes.]

For some months before the local elections in August, there were fears that the Electoral Commission was becoming vulnerable, and that the institution could actually lose the ability to run elections in a way that was perceived to be free and fair. In the end, the polls they ran passed that test with flying colours. Now the ANC appears to be showing that it is unhappy with the IEC’s performance. And that Gwede Mantashe, a man who really should know better, is trying to almost intimidate the institution. It’s another sign the ANC is losing the plot. And another strong indication that our politics is changing fundamentally, and more quickly than most people could have imagined.

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[Source: Doorbraak by Karl Drabbe.]

Vlaamse media besteedden er weinig aandacht aan, maar in de nacht van 22 op 23 augustus beefde Johannesburg op zijn grondvesten. Sinds de afschaffing van de apartheid en de invoering van het algemeen enkelvoudig stemrecht in 1994, was het ANC er aan de macht. Maar in de jongste gemeenteraadsverkiezingen werd de machtspartij naar de oppositiebanken gewezen. Read more

[Source: Bruggemans & Associates by Cees Bruggemans.]

And then, after a long gestation, the world suddenly changed somewhat, as with a real birth and new life intruding anew. The ANC government party entered into an active yeasting process from within; the DA/EFF combo along with smaller splinter support got hold of three major metros and many smaller municipalities scattered through the land and have become focused on delivery transformation; the economy is under own steam to find its way as best it can. And all this against a very dynamic global backdrop, hopefully accommodating and devoid of major shocks roiling us, too. Read more

[Source: Business Day Live by Gareth van Onselen.]

The period following an election is a good time to reflect on the national condition. Generally, national elections are better suited for this kind of analysis but, increasingly, local government elections are run like national elections and are, thus, perhaps a little more revealing than they might be in, say, the UK. Read more

[Source: Daily Maverick by Paul Hoffman.]

If the 2016 municipal elections go down in history as a referendum on the person whose face was used by the ANC on its election posters in them, the question is whether Jacob Zuma must be blamed for its poor showing or whether the choices made by the organisation itself are the real cause of the fall in its popularity at the polls.

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South Africa at a Glance
56 500 000 (mid 2017 estimate)
4.7% y/y in December 2017 (CPI) & +5.2% y/y in December 2017 (PPI)
2% q/q for the 3rd quarter of 2017
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