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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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[Source: allAfrica by Ntombi Mbomvu.]

While supporters of the families of the deceased wept, Bonginkosi Shabalala’s supporters celebrated. Shabalala (40), the former ANC branch treasurer for ward 15 in Pietermaritzburg, was granted bail yesterday. He is accused of the murders of two women Phetheni Ngubane, 60 and Badedile Ntsapha, 54. They were shot dead on the way back an ANC meeting in Mehlokazulu High School hall in Fedsem last month. Read more

South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.9% y/y in August 2018 (CPI) & +6.3 y/y in August 2018 (PPI)
-0.7% q/q (2nd quarter of 2018)
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