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Elections 2016

[Source: Business Day Live by Gareth van Onselen.]

The period following an election is a good time to reflect on the national condition. Generally, national elections are better suited for this kind of analysis but, increasingly, local government elections are run like national elections and are, thus, perhaps a little more revealing than they might be in, say, the UK. Read more

[Source: Daily Maverick by Paul Hoffman.]

If the 2016 municipal elections go down in history as a referendum on the person whose face was used by the ANC on its election posters in them, the question is whether Jacob Zuma must be blamed for its poor showing or whether the choices made by the organisation itself are the real cause of the fall in its popularity at the polls.

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[Source: Business Day Live by Anthony Butler.]

The renewed assault on Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has President Jacob Zuma’s fingerprints all over it. Given that the creation of an investigative unit inside the South African Revenue Service does not, under any existing law, constitute a criminal offence, and given that the failure of the Hawks to specify the nature of the crime for which the finance minister is supposedly being investigated, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that we are witnessing a ham-fisted attack on Gordhan’s reputation. Read more

[Source: Daily Maverick by Ranjeni Munusamy.]

The Hawks’ decision to summon Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and former South African Revenue Service (SARS) officials to their headquarters for warning statements on Thursday can only mean one thing: the onslaught on the National Treasury has resumed. The outcome of the local government elections has signalled that the window of opportunity for President Jacob Zuma, his allies and his friends to have unfettered control of the state is closing. The ANC is disorientated by the results and reeling after the loss of major metros to the opposition. In this scramble for coherence and atmosphere of unpredictability, dangerous and risky actions are possible.

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South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
4.3% y/y in August 2019 (CPI) & +4.5 y/y in August 2019 (PPI)
3.1% q/q (2nd quarter of 2019)
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