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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: BizNews by Linda van Tilburg.]

In South Africa calls for the government not to go ahead with plans to change the constitution to allow for expropriation without compensation has been growing louder. This as business leaders and think-tanks warn repeatedly that tampering with property rights in the country will prevent the crucial investment that it needs. The government’s intent to amend Section 25 of the Constitution has also recently been criticised by the US government with secretary of state Mike Pompeo saying that the policy proposal is an example of centralised planning that has failed in other African states like Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Ethiopia. It is an issue international publications like Bloomberg and the Washington Post are increasingly focusing on. An international coalition, which includes organisations from countries around the world including the Taxpayers Protection Alliance in the United States, the Taxpayers Association of Europe and the prestigious Adam Smith Institute in the United Kingdom have now joined forces to urge the South African government to ‘protect and promote the sanctity of private property rights in South Africa.’ They strongly condemn the government’s decision to enact the policy of EWC and said the bill ‘must be abandoned immediately.’ The ANC government, which has in the past used international pressure as an effective means against the apartheid government, now finds itself on the receiving end. And this time it cannot be as easily dismissed as it happened when AfriForum went to the UK and US in 2018 and were accused of spreading false rumours about land reform and farm killings. Many of the organisations listed below have the ear of Western and other overseas governments.

Read the FMF media release here.

South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
4.1% y/y in March 2020 (CPI) & +4.5 y/y in February 2020 (PPI)
-1.4% q/q (4th quarter of 2019)
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