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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Declining democracy

President write the speech[Source: Judiciary, legislature, executive: What is Zuma planning? by M&G Political Reporters.]

The judiciary

President Jacob Zuma will finally have his long-standing wish to influence and control the arm of state he perceived as interfering with his government – the Constitutional Court.

Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke and fellow Concourt Judge Johann van der Westhuizen are due to retire during Zuma’s term of office. Read more

SAM Mac MG[Source: http://mg.co.za/article/2014-05-01-mac-the-mouth-to-oversee-zumas-legacy/ by Mmanaledi Mataboge. Photo: Oupa Nkosi, M&G.]

A restructured Cabinet is on the cards, with a new information ministry to clean up Jacob Zuma’s image and Baleka Mbete as second deputy president.

After five years of crisis management and hopping from one scandal to another, President Jacob Zuma wants an information ministry, based on the Zimbabwean, Chinese and Russian models, to clean up his image. Read more

SAM Vlag[Source: http://www.worldpolicy.org/blog/2014/04/08/tracking-south-africa%E2%80%99s-democracy-real-time by Le Chen, Janice Dean, Jesper Frant, and Rachana Kumar.]

We arrived in Johannesburg after 17 hours in the air, with a short, hurried stopover in London. As the airplane doors opened, the scorching 80 degree weather of South Africa’s Highveld greeted us, melting the sub-zero temperatures from recent New York winter memory. The change in weather was cheerful but, as graduate students from Columbia University’s School of International Affairs, we were more interested in the changing climate of South African democracy. Read more

SAM Nkandla[Source: http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2014-04-28-nkandla-ad-hoc-committee-mission-impossible-day-two-zuma-off-the-hook/#.U1-1QrmKDIW by Rebecca Davis.]

It’s official: nothing of any value will come out of the Parliamentary committee set up to consider the President’s response to the Public Protector’s report on upgrades to Nkandla before the elections. That dream, always faint, is now dead, seen to by an ANC majority on the committee. They insist that the committee can still be re-constituted after the elections, but we’re not holding our breath. Let’s all just take comfort that we’re not living in a democracy where people who question the President end up in body-bags – as one ANC MP on the committee reminded us. Comforting.

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South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
5.1% y/y in October 2018 (CPI) & +6.9 y/y in October 2018 (PPI)
2.2% q/q (3rd quarter of 2018)
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