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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Daily Maverick by Marianne Merten.]

When government misrepresents and lies, public trust is broken. And by concealing the Cabinet’s decision to launch an unprecedented national intervention in all of the North West government during last week’s public briefing on that meeting of the executive – a key regular entry in the political calendar, known as the “post-Cabinet briefing/statement” – President Cyril Ramaphosa’s administration has led South Africans by the nose.

There is an argument some may wish to make in the usual technicist box-ticking: nothing could be announced at last Thursday’s post-Cabinet briefing because the presidential letter on the national intervention in each of the North West government departments to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) had not yet been written. Or on the basis that actually Section 100 of the Constitution allows a 14-day window from the start of the national intervention in a province that cannot or does not fulfil its obligation for such an official notification to be sent to the NCOP, established specifically to represent the interests and mandates of provinces.

Well, no.

A Cabinet decision is a Cabinet decision and can be announced as such. In fact, a Cabinet decision of such public importance and unparalleled scale must be communicated to South African citizens, given the constitutional founding values of accountability, responsiveness and openness. It is completely by the by that other processes, like presidential letter writing and establishing NCOP oversight committees, follow

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South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
5.2% y/y in November 2018 (CPI) & +6.8 y/y in November 2018 (PPI)
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