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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Violent Crime

[Source: Daily Maverick by Greg Nicolson. Photo: EPA/Nic Bothma.]

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) can be deployed within South Africa as part of Operation Fiela-Reclaim until the end of March 2016. While officials say the army won’t be an everyday feature on South Africa’s streets, critics claim domestic SANDF deployment is being normalised and becoming an “under the radar military regime situation”.

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[Source: Daily Maverick by Lisa Vetten.]

Once upon a time South Africans made meaningful contributions to international humanitarian law and its institutions – particularly in relation to the prosecution of mass rape. That however, was before some of us started disregarding court orders and spiriting people out of the country like thieves in the night. And so, because it seems to have been conveniently forgotten, let us revisit this history, whose roots stretch deep into the International Military Tribunals conducted at Nuremberg and Tokyo between 1945 and 1948.

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[Source: The Economist.]

After a spate of murderous attacks in Durban and Johannesburg on migrant workers from neighbouring countries, South Africa badly needs to improve its image on the continent. And at the level of gestures and rhetoric, it is trying to do exactly that. On a visit to Mozambique last month President Jacob Zuma apologised for the violence by a “small minority” of his compatriots which had cost the lives of three people from that country. Then he organised “Africa Day” celebrations in Pretoria, commemorating the creation of a precursor to the African Union (AU) in 1963. Meanwhile, the home-affairs department hastily devised a competition to showcase the merits of “outstanding migrants”; and on June 7th Johannesburg will host an AU summit, where much talk of transcontinental solidarity will doubtless be heard. Read more

South Africa at a Glance
56 500 000 (mid 2017 estimate)
4.6% y/y in November 2017 (CPI) & +5.1% y/y in November 2017 (PPI)
2% q/q for the 3rd quarter of 2017
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