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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: The Sydney Morning Herald.]

South Africa has accused Western powers of breaching diplomatic protocol after the United States and other governments wrote to President Cyril Ramaphosa to urge him to tackle corruption in the country.

South Africa’s Sunday Times newspaper reported that the United States, Britain, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland had sent a joint memorandum to Ramaphosa through their diplomatic missions in Pretoria to warn that foreign investment was at risk unless South Africa took tangible action against corruption and other serious crimes.

The countries also expressed concern over what they called “obstacles” to foreign investment such as “constant changes of goal posts” in the regulatory framework for mining and black economic empowerment targets, the paper said. It did not say when the memo was sent.

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South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.5% y/y in December 2018 (CPI) & +5.2 y/y in December 2018 (PPI)
2.2% q/q (3rd quarter of 2018)
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