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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Declining democracy

SAM Nkandla 2[Source: by Right2Know.]

The Right2Know Campaign condemns the security cluster ministers’ announcement that they will challenge the Public Protector’s report on Nkandla in the High Court.

This move is the latest example of the use of ‘state security’ structures to infringe on democratic processes and undermine accountability. Read more

SAM Zuma 2[Source: by Mike Cohen.] 

South Africa’s government said it will ask the High Court to review and reject a report by the nation’s graft ombudsman that alleged that President Jacob Zuma unduly benefited from a state-funded 215 million rand ($21 million) home upgrade. Read more

SAM Dave Steward[Source: by Dave Steward.]

There are a few points that we should consider in the wake of last week’s election.

The first – and most positive – is that the fifth election of our new constitutional dispensation has helped to consolidate and entrench our constitutional democracy. The elections were free and fair and were, on the whole, managed in an exemplary fashion. All those involved – the 18.6 million voters who cast their ballots; the political parties that participated and the IEC – deserve our sincere congratulations. Read more

President write the speech[Source: Judiciary, legislature, executive: What is Zuma planning? by M&G Political Reporters.]

The judiciary

President Jacob Zuma will finally have his long-standing wish to influence and control the arm of state he perceived as interfering with his government – the Constitutional Court.

Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke and fellow Concourt Judge Johann van der Westhuizen are due to retire during Zuma’s term of office. Read more

South Africa at a Glance
56 500 000 (mid 2017 estimate)
5.1% y/y in September 2017 (CPI) & +4.2% y/y in August 2017 (PPI)
2.5% q/q for the 2nd quarter of 2017
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