[Source: http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/9116391/the-mandela-files/ by Rian Malan.]
A lost prison manuscript sheds new light on the president’s politics, smoothed over in ‘Long Walk to Freedom': This is a story about Nelson Mandela, and it begins on Robben Island in 1974. Prisoner number 466/64 is writing up his life story, working all night and sleeping all day. Finished pages go to trusted comrades who write comments and queries in the margins. The text is then passed to one Laloo Chiba, who transcribes it in ‘microscopic’ letters on to sheets of paper which are later inserted into the binding of notebooks and carried off the island by Mac Maharaj when he is released in 1976. Read more
BRITS – The family of a 28-year-old man in Mothotlung in the Brits area have confirmed their relative died after service delivery protests in the area.
Lerato Seema is believed to be the third victim of clashes with police over water shortages.
Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone said the man and his friend were arrested on Tuesday for public violence in the area during a protest about water shortages. Read more
[Source: http://democracyinafrica.org/elections-bostwana-south-africa-can-free-fair/ by Nicola de Jager.]
In this article, Nicola de Jager argues that we need to take another look at Southern Africa’s ‘democratic darlings’; Botswana and South Africa. These states may have a relatively impressive democratic record on paper within Southern Africa but they are dominant party states. In practice, this dynamic places opposition parties at such a disadvantage that we cannot call the elections that happen in these countries ‘fair’. Dr De Jager is a member of the Department of Political Science at the University of Stellenbosch. Read more
Clashes between South African police and protesters angry at the poor delivery of water supplies have left two people dead.
The killings took place during a demonstration in the northern town of Brits.
Police spokesman Sabata Mokgwabone said: “Two protestors died and two were wounded when they marched to Brits and clashed with police. It is suspected that police fired shots but this is being investigated.” Read more
[Source: http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2014/01/09/jz-drops-poll-bomb1 by Sibongakonke Shoba.]
President Jacob Zuma yesterday [8 January 2014] called on ANC supporters to ensure that his party wins over two-thirds of the vote in the forthcoming general election, saying this would enable him to change the constitution.
Speaking to hundreds of supporters in KaNyamazane, near Nelspruit, as part of the ANC’s 102nd birthday celebrations, Zuma made it clear that he wanted to change the constitution – without specifying the changes. Read more
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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