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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Daily Maverick by Judith February.]

Last week 68 people were rescued as a ferry transporting passengers from Robben Island sank. Images show the ever-reliable National Sea Rescue Institute carrying passengers off the sinking ferry. It seemed a motif of sorts for the beloved country, sinking under the weight of state capture and flailing in the face of the absence of leadership. Like passengers on the sinking ferry, we seem to be waiting for a rescue mission.

We have become almost inured to the daily diet of #GuptaLeaks emails which show the undue influence the President’s friends, the Guptas, as well as his other associates, have on the actual workings of the state. Aside from the steady drip-drip of emails, this past week saw the outspoken ANC MP Makhosi Khoza resign from the ANC. Khoza believes the ANC cannot self-correct and announced that she was done with the “alien and corrupt” organisation it had become. “Alien”. Interestingly, it was the word former Mbeki policy tsar Joel Netshitenzhe used in a brief conversation on a rainy and miserable day outside the marquee at the ANC conference in Polokwane in 2007.

He was describing the rout being suffered by Mbeki inside the big tent as the ANC and its alliance partners orchestrated his demise. That seems like a lifetime ago but we are reaping the whirlwind of those heady days.
We now do not need to ask whether Zuma is fit for office. We see him and we know that he is not.

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South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.9% y/y in September 2018 (CPI) & +6.2 y/y in September 2018 (PPI)
-0.7% q/q (2nd quarter of 2018)
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