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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Political intimidation & murders

[Source: Daily Maverick by Marianne Thamm.]

In the bad old days those who found themselves persecuted by the apartheid state could turn to the likes of the International Defence and Aid Fund for Southern Africa to pay legal costs. Today, those who challenge the state or who find themselves facing what could be viewed a political trial mostly have to fend for themselves. On the other hand, President Jacob Zuma, the Hawks and the NPA have access to state coffers when it comes to defending or pursuing cases. And sometimes it seems that the quickest way to eliminate opponents or get rid of irritants is to throw the book at them and hope they drown in a legal quagmire.

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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)
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