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Emerging Trends

[Source: Daily Maverick by amaBhungane & Scorpio.]

Scorpio has previously exposed how the Guptas and their British PR firm Bell Pottinger make use of fake social media profiles to disseminate a counter-narrative of “white monopoly capital” in order to defend their operations in South Africa. For those yet to be convinced, there is direct evidence from the #GuptaLeaks emails of one of the family’s lieutenants composing tweets for broadcast by fabricated Twitter accounts.  Read more

[Source: Daily Maverick by Ranjeni Munusamy.]

Thursday, 22 June, 2017: A spectacular moment in time that brought together the three arms of the South African government in a triumph of constitutionalism and a sham of political accountability. While the Constitutional Court again shone as the nation’s true north, President Jacob Zuma used the platform of Parliament to display his invincibility. “Sit in peace,” Zuma told the opposition on the same day the Chief Justice eloquently spelt out the constitutional obligations on the president, the Speaker and MPs. The ANC’s reaction to the judgment is indicative of why Zuma remains indomitable.  Read more

[Source: Daily Maverick by Ranjeni Munusamy.]

You have to hand it to Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane – she took her time before dipping her toe in the firepool but certainly made a big splash when she jumped in. Her recommendation that the Constitution be amended to change the mandate and role of the South African Reserve Bank caused widespread shock and wreaked havoc on the markets. So what is the agenda behind this manoeuvre and are other people involved? Former Reserve Bank Governor Tito Mboweni rang the alarm bells, imploring that the “Dogs of War” not be unleashed on the country. But how else will the state capture project be protected if not through abusing the state machinery?  Read more

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South Africa at a Glance
55 910 000 (mid 2016 estimate)
5.3% y/y in April 2017 (CPI) & +4.6% y/y in April 2017 (PPI)
-0.7% q/q for the 1st quarter of 2017
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