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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Political intimidation & murders

[Source: Daily Maverick by Jane Duncan.]

Recently, the public has been seized with the capture of state institutions by the Gupta family. What has not received enough attention, though, are the ways in which systemic weaknesses in how the security services are being regulated, have contributed to the problem. While those who are responsible for plundering the public purse must be brought to book, these systemic weaknesses must be addressed, too, otherwise others will simply take their place at the trough. Read more

[Source: Daily Maverick by Mike Morris.]

Corrupt practices are legitimised, slowly but surely drawing ordinary government officials into the web of illegitimate criminal practices and procedures, thereby structurally consolidating it at all social levels, and deeply entrenching the power of this new predatory capitalist class within the governing ANC and the society at large. Read more

[Source: Daily Maverick by Stephen Grootes.]

For South Africans who have become so cynical over the last few years that they have lost faith in the criminal justice system, or justice whatsoever, the last week has served as mere confirmation of their view. The case around Deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana, who has admitted to assaulting a woman at a nightclub, appears to prove that a class of people have been created who are able to act as if they are above the law because they are in fact de facto above the law. Read more

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South Africa at a Glance
56 500 000 (mid 2017 estimate)
5.1% y/y in June 2017 (CPI) & +4% y/y in June 2017 (PPI)
-0.7% q/q for the 1st quarter of 2017
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