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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Declining democracy

SAM Zim flag[Source: http://www.citypress.co.za/columnists/revolution-will-terrorised-sa/ by Mondli Makhanya.]

In the 1990s, Zimbabwe was becoming a restless place.

After a smooth handover of power from Ian Smith to Robert Mugabe and a relatively comfortable period thereafter, the ruling Zanu-PF was succumbing to the sins of incumbency, where corruption, arrogance, lack of accountability and maladministration were becoming the norm. Read more

SAM JSE.jpg[Source: http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page71619?oid=579465&sn=Detail&pid=71616 by Anthea Jeffery.]

Delivering on ‘radical’ change, if not on growth or jobs

In August 2012 the Cabinet adopted the National Development Plan (NDP) as South Africa’s policy blueprint from now until 2030. The plan is supposed to boost the economic growth rate to 5.4% of GDP and help generate 11m jobs. Read more

SAM Rande S&W[Source: http://www.issafrica.org/about-us/press-releases/whats-their-secret-iss-calls-for-transparency-in-political-party-funding by Judith February, Senior Researcher, Governance Crime and Justice Division, ISS Pretoria.]

A toxic blend of secret money and political influence risks undermining South Africa’s democracy because the country does not regulate private funding of political parties, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) said on Thursday. Read more

SAM George Bizos[Source: http://ewn.co.za/2014/03/27/Bizos-wants-attacks-on-Madonsela-to-end by Alex Eliseev.]

With a week left for President Jacob Zuma to respond to the Nkandla report, renowned human rights lawyer George Bizos has called for an end to the criticism being levelled against Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

In the latest attack, the ANC’s Chief Whip Stone Sizani on Wednesday accused Madonsela of overstepping her boundaries and playing politics. Read more

South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.0% y/y in January 2019 (CPI) & +4.1 y/y in January 2019 (PPI)
1.4% q/q (4th quarter of 2018)
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