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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: The Jerusalem Post by Ilanit Chernick.]

South Africa’s International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has announced that the country will not reinstate its ambassador to Israel – for now.

Ambassador Sisa Ngombane was withdrawn on May 14 following the violence in Gaza – which left 60 Palestinians dead. However, soon afterwards, it was discovered that 55 of the 60 people killed were Hamas members or terrorists.

Speaking to local media last week, Sisulu said during a briefing: “I’m very glad that I recalled the ambassador, because we [cannot stay] in the situation that we are at now. It’s been a violation that has been going on for a long time, and we can’t be looking away,” Sisulu said.

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South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
5.1% y/y in July 2018 (CPI) & +6.1 y/y in July 2018 (PPI)
-0.7% q/q (2nd quarter of 2018)
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