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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Declining democracy

SAM Tutu optog ENCA[Source: http://www.enca.com/south-africa/religious-leaders-take-zuma-task-nkandla by Lester Kiewit.]

CAPE TOWN – Religious leaders from various faiths, including Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, marched to parliament on Saturday to speak out against poor leadership.

Members of the Muslim, Christian and Buddist faiths joined the call for the protection of Chapter 9 institutions, as well as an end to corruption and maladministration in government. Read more

SAM SABC Sunday Times[Source: http://www.bdlive.co.za/opinion/columnists/2014/04/17/sabc-shows-anc-colours-in-run-up-to-elections by Anton Harber.  Picture: Sunday Times.]

FOR the first democratic election 20 years ago, the African National Congress ensured it would not enter the election period without the SABC — for so long a voice of the ruling party — being put into neutral hands. It understood the power of the national broadcaster as the primary source of news and information for most of the country, and its capacity to distort the national debate and influence voting. Now it appears we are entering an election again with the SABC — or at least key elements of it — captive to a ruling party. Read more

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

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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