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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: New Statesman by Martin Plaut.]

South Africa is heading for a general election – the sixth since the end of apartheid. No-one knew quite when it would be until President Cyril Ramaphosa almost casually dropped the date into a discussion in New York last month. As he told an interviewer: “The ANC is finding traction once again. And I’m confident that it should be able to win the next elections quite easily, which will be held next year, before May of 2019.”

The parties are now gearing up for the fight, but they do so with the threat of violence hanging over them. The country has always had a high incidence of violence, and a long list of political assassinations during the apartheid era. These killing have returned – with a vengeance. They are no longer designed to maintain a racist state, but rather to settle scores.

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South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.4% y/y in April 2019 (CPI) & +6.5 y/y in April 2019 (PPI)
-3.2% q/q (1st quarter of 2019)
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