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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Daily Maverick by Anton Katz & Eshed Cohen.]

The government has sent a strong signal to the world that it respects its international legal duties and is willing to assume more of these duties.

The Star Chamber was an infamous English court established in the late 15th Century. It was a court of “equity” in that the Star Chamber could punish litigants before it not only for violations of law, but also for conduct deemed morally reprehensible.

The Star Chamber was a court established to convict and punish wrongdoers without allowing them proper process. In other words, criminals could not utilise delaying tactics and technical objections to go free. Given that the Chamber’s judges were often closely connected to the incumbent royal family, the Star Chamber became a tool for monarchs to oppress and punish political dissidence.

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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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