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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source:  Financial Times.]

During the 1980s and 1990s, the struggle against apartheid made headlines all over the world.

Nelson Mandela’s dignity, first as a prisoner and then as president, gave him the international status of a Gandhi.

Events in post-apartheid, post-Mandela South Africa, were always likely to seem relatively humdrum. But the political struggle currently under way in the country still matters to the world. Its outcome may determine whether South Africa can arrest an alarming slide in its fortunes.

Cyril Ramaphosa, the new leader of the governing African National Congress, is attempting to ease President Jacob Zuma out of his job early. The operation is delicate and its outcome uncertain. Even if Mr Ramaphosa succeeds, he will face formidable challenges in reforming a corrupted government and a stuttering economy. But that makes it all the more important that South Africa’s slide is halted quickly — before the glory of the Mandela years gives way to something altogether more disturbing.

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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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