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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Declining democracy

SAM Zuma 2[Source: http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2014-04-02-goodbye-democracy-so-long-accountability-hello-zumocracy/#.U0GUwrmKDIV by Ranjeni Munusamy.]

It was no big surprise that President Jacob Zuma chose not to respond in detail to the serious findings Public Protector Thuli Madonsela made against him and his government relating to the security upgrades at his Nkandla residence. He kicked the matter into touch, meaning that a few months down the line he will revert to it (and perhaps create further obfuscation). Read more

SAM Zim flag[Source: http://www.citypress.co.za/columnists/revolution-will-terrorised-sa/ by Mondli Makhanya.]

In the 1990s, Zimbabwe was becoming a restless place.

After a smooth handover of power from Ian Smith to Robert Mugabe and a relatively comfortable period thereafter, the ruling Zanu-PF was succumbing to the sins of incumbency, where corruption, arrogance, lack of accountability and maladministration were becoming the norm. Read more

SAM JSE.jpg[Source: http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page71619?oid=579465&sn=Detail&pid=71616 by Anthea Jeffery.]

Delivering on ‘radical’ change, if not on growth or jobs

In August 2012 the Cabinet adopted the National Development Plan (NDP) as South Africa’s policy blueprint from now until 2030. The plan is supposed to boost the economic growth rate to 5.4% of GDP and help generate 11m jobs. Read more

SAM Rande S&W[Source: http://www.issafrica.org/about-us/press-releases/whats-their-secret-iss-calls-for-transparency-in-political-party-funding by Judith February, Senior Researcher, Governance Crime and Justice Division, ISS Pretoria.]

A toxic blend of secret money and political influence risks undermining South Africa’s democracy because the country does not regulate private funding of political parties, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) said on Thursday. 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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