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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Business Day Premium by Karyn Maughan.]

As yet, no-one has been criminally charged in any of the recent high-profile corporate disasters in SA, be it at Eskom or Steinhoff. The question is why.

Lawyers have told the Financial Mail that the answer is simple: the authorities are simply not equipped to investigate large-scale economic crime.

Consider the most high-profile bungle, which has thrown the ability of the state to prosecute commercial crime into sharp relief. Last month the Gupta family successfully argued in court that the freezing order on R180m as part of the alleged Estina dairy project “scam” ought to be overturned.

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South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.5% y/y in December 2018 (CPI) & +5.2 y/y in December 2018 (PPI)
2.2% q/q (3rd quarter of 2018)
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