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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: World Affairs Journal by Heinrich Matthee.]

The ANC government under President Zuma has sought to consolidate its power by wrapping domestic and foreign policy, at least temporarily, in the mantle of racial liberation, saying that hard decisions—such as the tilt toward Russia and China and the condemnation of the West—are necessary to destroy once and for all the neo-colonialism that it claims continues to afflict South Africa.

Whether this siege mentality will allow the ANC to succeed in its slow-motion strategy to create a one-party state is the preeminent question facing the people of this promising but imperiled country. Because of the lasting power of authoritarianism, South Africans now stand at a crossroads they thought they had gotten beyond.

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South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.5% y/y in May 2019 (CPI) & +6.4 y/y in May 2019 (PPI)
-3.2% q/q (1st quarter of 2019)
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