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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Declining democracy

[Source: Business Day Live by Peter Bruce.]

Watching President Jacob Zuma answering questions in Parliament is good fun. He is really quite good at it. Sure, his English is poor, but it probably isn’t even his third language. And, yes, he chuckles even at serious questions, clears his throat constantly and pushes back his glasses. All of which are extremely irritating. Read more

[Source: Daily Maverick by Rebecca Davies.]

The Economic Freedom Fighters seem to have finally let go of the idea that President Jacob Zuma will tell the National Assembly about his repayment plans for Nkandla. But forget Nkandla for a moment, and forget Omar al-Bashir. The most troubling thing to come out of Thursday’s parliamentary Q&A with President Jacob Zuma was surely his professed lack of knowledge about no less than three high-profile South African issues.

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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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