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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Political intimidation & murders

SAM Nyala[Source: by Richard Poplak. Photo: Police Greg Marinovich.]

Last week, Julius Malema’s EFF wanted President Zuma to #PayBackTheMoney for his Nkandla renovations, and all was chaos. This week, the ANC have responded by ensuring that the security cluster has an “overall kind of contingency plan” to deal with outbursts in the National Assembly. Will opposition members of Parliament be waterboarded every time they mention the president’s homestead? Will Mmusi Maimane be dumped from an Apache chopper into the Indian Ocean? What is certain is that the ANC has decided to answer questions in Parliament with heavy weaponry. Welcome to the beginning of the beginning of a police state. Read more

SAM SAPS IOL[Source: by Siyabulela Dzanibe & Lee Rondganger.]

The murders of three shop stewards, shot in the back and then in the head to make sure they were dead, have shocked the country’s biggest trade union and struck fear in two officials who had witnessed it.

All three victims were senior officials with the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa).  Read more

SAM Mbeki[Source: by Ranjeni Munusamy.]

It is not an everyday occurrence for a person with the title “President” prefixed to their name to appear before a court or government inquiry. Nelson Mandela has so far been the only sitting head of state to testify in court. On Thursday, former President Thabo Mbeki appeared before the judicial commission of inquiry investigating the arms deal. In years to come, perhaps other incumbents might face a similar fate. Read more

SAM NPA[Source: by Stephen Grootes.]

Over the course of the last few days it’s emerged that there are serious claims as to the probity and past behaviour of the National Director of Public Prosecutions, Mxolisi Nxasana. The Sunday Times, under the typically understated headline “Fire Him!” reported he’d been accused of murder and acquitted on the grounds of self-defence, convicted twice for assault as well as having been accused of reckless and negligent driving.

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SAM Protest ISS[Source: by Lizette Lancaster.]

In the six months leading up to South African’s fifth democratic election on 7 May, 76 incidents of election-related violence had taken place. These were mostly clashes between supporters of rival political parties and communities who used the elections as a national platform to air their grievances. 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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