[Source: http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2014-05-26-the-capes-youth-gangs-bigger-deeper-more-dangerous/#.U4UkkowaySM by Shaun Swingler.]
Gangsterism in the Western Cape is rife. In 2013, 12% of the 2,580 murders in the province were gang-related (2nd behind arguments turned violent), according to the South African Police Service. This is an 86% increase from 2012. In addition, children as young as 14 are being arrested on gang-related murder charges. If the social and environmental factors that nurture gangsterism are left unaddressed, there will be small hope for the children and young adults gripped by gangs in the Western Cape. Read more
PRETORIA – When President Jacob Zuma took office in 2009, he announced that the Safety and Security Ministry would become the Ministry of Police.
Zuma said this was to stimulate a real operational energy in police work.
The president believed the move would help reduce serious and violent crimes in the country. Read more
[Source: http://www.fin24.com/Economy/ANC-wont-change-its-spots-20140522 by Mzwandile Jacks.]
THE security cluster’s decision to issue a high court challenge to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on the security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home could have caused doubt about the new ANC-led government to come rushing to the surface again.
Voters could be asking: is the new government going to tackle rampant corruption – by mostly members of the ruling party – with honesty? Was it right to overwhelmingly vote for the party, despite the harm it has done to the state coffers and, by extension, the economy? Read more
[Source: http://www.bdlive.co.za/opinion/columnists/2014/05/23/dont-lose-sight-of-the-powers-of-surveillance by Anthony Butler.]
WHEN President Jacob Zuma announces the composition of his new Cabinet, appointments to the security cluster should be especially closely scrutinised. Technological innovation is changing the character of political competition and control of mass surveillance and other intelligence systems is becoming crucial to the capture and maintenance of political power. Read more
President Jacob Zuma’s decisions and appointments have largely been influenced by a “kitchen cabinet”, according to Mail & Guardian sources with intimate knowledge of how Zuma approached his first term of office.
There is very little connection between members of this kitchen cabinet, and they are mainly located outside official ANC party structures. Read more
56 500 000 (mid 2017 estimate)
4.4% y/y in January 2018 (CPI) & +5.1 y/y in January 2018 (PPI)
3,1% q/q for the 4th quarter of 2017
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