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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Business Day by Gareth van Onslen.]

On September 7 2017, in a fit of hyperbolic bluster typical of the man, then police minister Fikile Mbalula declared in parliament, “Don’t worry about the thugs who are hijacking the state, I am going to finish them before Christmas.”

Christmas came and went. So did Mbalula’s job. And, if Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s book is anything to go by, the thugs are doing just great. Thus, this week Mbalula, now the head of the ANC’s election campaign, would complain that all these allegations of corruption were hurting the party’s election effort

It is difficult to know what exactly to make of the ANC’s election campaign so far. It’s a shambolic mess to be sure, but quite why that is, is hard to say. The problems are many and various.

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South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.4% y/y in April 2019 (CPI) & +6.5 y/y in April 2019 (PPI)
-3.2% q/q (1st quarter of 2019)
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