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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Business Day by Peter Attard Montalto.]

Beyond the simplified binaries of good and evil, the jostling in the ANC remains as inconclusive as ever.

What is political power? This is such an important yet misunderstood question for SA’s future after Tuesday’s vote. There is a kind of mass hysteria among the local media and some investors that constantly puts breathless hope above all else — especially rational analysis of this key question.

Political power exists fundamentally to self-perpetuate, to survive, to pass through succession planning and to protect. Only then is it useful for other things, be that job creation, boosting reform or rent extraction.

President Jacob Zuma’s ability to survive despite the odds shows raw political power and the ability to utilise that. His ultimate skill is to turn the ANC’s collectivism back in on itself for his own advantage.

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South Africa at a Glance
56 500 000 (mid 2017 estimate)
5.1% y/y in June 2017 (CPI) & +4% y/y in June 2017 (PPI)
-0.7% q/q for the 1st quarter of 2017
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