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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Mail & Guardian by Laurie Nathan.]

Once again South Africa’s intelligence services are embroiled in controversy, apparently involved in dirty tricks and criminal activity.

New evidence of this has come to light against the backdrop of the presidential succession race in the governing ANC. One of the contenders, deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, has been smeared in an apparent covert operation. It seems that those responsible had access to intelligence resources. In another recent case the country’s minister of police Fikile Mbalula was targeted in an undercover plot.

Since 1994 the intelligence services have been embroiled in many scandals. But because they operate secretly and with minimal oversight, South Africans will probably never know exactly what they are up to.

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South Africa at a Glance
56 500 000 (mid 2017 estimate)
5.1% y/y in September 2017 (CPI) & +4.2% y/y in August 2017 (PPI)
2.5% q/q for the 2nd quarter of 2017
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