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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Business Day by Natasha Marrian.]

The political rhetoric of the past week has been explosive, which was predictable enough given there is less than a year before a critical election for the ANC after a decade in which its standing as the leader of society has been dramatically eroded.

Taking a step back, it is clear that the party’s decision to amend the Constitution to explicitly enable the expropriation of land without compensation is motivated by a desire to reclaim the political capital it has squandered over the past decade. It is simply electioneering, by a party that is paying dearly for its failure to heed society during the reign of its miscreant-in-chief, former president Jacob Zuma.

Zuma was both a cause and now an effect of the party’s deer-in-the-headlights approach to his presidency. Ahead of the 2014 election, the party nationally failed to heed warnings by its Gauteng provincial executive over the impact both e-tolls and corruption were having on the electorate in the country’s most populous province, which also contributes the largest share to the national GDP.

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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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