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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Huffington Post.]

President FW de Klerk played a major part in shaping today’s South Africa by helping to end apartheid. I had the pleasure of interviewing him last year and, with the hindsight of events since then, his answers are even more illuminating. The rest of the interview, including his life lessons, can be found here.

Q: In the wake of the Nkandla scandal, are you still positive about South Africa and its future?

A: I am still positive about South Africa and its future. I think we’re facing a few rough years, but the recent judgment by the Constitutional Court has firmly reinstated South Africa’s position as a constitutional state and it found President [Jacob] Zuma and Parliament guilty of transgression of the Constitution. This gives me a lot of hope. I expect a realignment in South African politics.

The ANC alliance has started to break up, and we need it to happen. We need to move away from racially based politics towards policy-driven politics, from old divisions to new formations. And I think that’s going to happen in the next four or five years in South Africa.

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South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
5.1% y/y in October 2018 (CPI) & +6.9 y/y in October 2018 (PPI)
2.2% q/q (3rd quarter of 2018)
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