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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Bloomberg by Michael Cohen.]

When Jacques Pauw published a new book accusing South African President Jacob Zuma of failing to declare all his income and a spy unit of squandering taxpayer money, the State Security Agency moved with unusual speed — not against the alleged wrongdoers, but the author.

The agency’s decision to file criminal charges this month, accusing Pauw of possessing classified information, prompted strong public support for the investigative journalist who won fame reporting on apartheid-era hit squads. His new tome, The President’s Keepers, instantly became a local bestseller and was widely circulated on social media after the authorities demanded that its sales be stopped. Pauw and his publishers deny they did anything illegal.

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South Africa at a Glance
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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