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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Declining democracy

TV Remote Control[Source: http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2014-04-16-he-who-controls-the-sabc-controls-much-of-the-country/#.U1D3JLmKDIU by Stephen Grootes.]

Once again the SABC is being accused of general naughtiness when it comes to politics. But this time it’s serious. The corporation has been accused by the DA of refusing to flight its TV and radio ads for political reasons, and the Icasa ruled in the opposition party’s favour. What’s odd is that the SABC has a pretty good track record of giving political parties airtime during election periods. This time, it seems, is different. Read more

SAM SAPS[Source: http://mg.co.za/article/2014-04-15-police-need-to-work-with-communities-not-political-elite-wiser-debate by Sarah Evans.]

Housing activists in KwaZulu-Natal are being killed, beaten and tortured by police who prevent them from marching legally, who they say often act on behalf of local politicians. This is according to Abahlali baseMjondolo co-founder S’Bu Zikode, who told a University of Witwatersrand seminar on Monday night that his organisation’s efforts to march legally are flouted by local policing authorities. Read more

SAM Ronny IOL[Source: http://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/intelligence-service-an-anc-tool-kasrils-1.1676525 by Genevieve Quintal.]

Johannesburg -The intelligence service has become a tool for Luthuli House and the president, former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils said on Tuesday.  “They say we messed up in our jobs and we’re responsible for where the country is today,” he told reporters at Wits University in Johannesburg. Read more

SAM IPI 2[Source: http://ipi.freemedia.at/special-pages/newssview/article/the-state-of-press-freedom-worldwide.html.]

IPI WORLD CONGRESS | CAPE TOWN Executive Director’s Report: The State of Press Freedom Alison Bethel McKenzie, executive director, International Press Institute Sunday, April 13, 2014

IPI members, distinguished guests, colleagues … What a privilege it is to welcome you here today. Many of you either were not here or … unlike me … aren’t old enough to remember when IPI held its last World Congress in Cape Town … exactly 20 years ago. Read more

South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
5.2% y/y in November 2018 (CPI) & +6.8 y/y in November 2018 (PPI)
2.2% q/q (3rd quarter of 2018)
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