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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.


On behalf of all contributors to South African Monitor we would like to convey our condolences to the family of Nelson Mandela and all of those close to him.

In his speech upon his release from prison in 1990, Nelson Mandela repeated: “I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony with equal opportunities.” He opened a window of opportunity for peaceful co-existence amongst South Africa’s citizens, in which mutual recognition and respect are promoted amongst all cultural communities.

In 1995, President Mandela also said: “Freedom would be meaningless without security in the home and the streets.” The government now faces the challenge to honour his legacy by ensuring that the South African Constitution is realised in practice, that all citizens are treated equally and protected well, and that the diverse histories and contributions of all cultural communities are recognised and celebrated. Only in this way can all participate in ensuring that South Africa works.

South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.5% y/y in March 2019 (CPI) & +6.2 y/y in March 2019 (PPI)
1.4% q/q (4th quarter of 2018)
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