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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Emerging Trends

[Source: Mail & Guardian by Heribert Adam, Kogila Moodley.]

The responses to the January 2015 looting of foreign-owned shops in Soweto and in April in Durban’s central business district and elsewhere reveal more about the South African national consciousness than the events themselves. The ritual condemnations, the initial denial of xenophobia while labelling it criminality, blaming victims and the convoluted excuses of perpetrators are almost worse than the official silence and long-standing passivity about well-known xenophobic attitudes. When the president insists that “South Africans in general are not xenophobic”, he ignores all surveys (such as Afrobarometer’s) showing that a vast majority distrusts (black) foreigners, wishes to restrict their residence rights and prohibits the eventual acquisition of citizenship. Read more

[Source: Daily Maverick by Ismail Lagardien.]

For as long as we, black people, see ourselves in relation to ‘white people’, we will remain innocent and eternally persecuted. We have secured a monopoly on persecution, and everything that is said to us, or about us, is necessarily racist. Based on Mbalula’s logic we are able to see ourselves only for what we are not; we are not white. By accident or design, then, we allow ourselves to be validated.

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South Africa at a Glance
56 500 000 (mid 2017 estimate)
4.6% y/y in June 2018 (CPI) & +4.6 y/y in May 2018 (PPI)
294.84 in USD BIllion (December 2017)
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