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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Declining democracy

SAM Zuma 4[Source: http://mg.co.za/article/2014-07-31-sex-lies-and-the-zuma-spy-tapes by AmaBhungane Reporters.]

Crime intelligence appears to have grasped at any tool available – including sex – in a dirty-tricks operation waged against the National Prosecuting Authority.  In the campaign, which started at least a decade ago and still reverberates today, the spooks gathered potentially compromising information about the alleged sexual peccadilloes of top NPA figures. Read more

SAM Mbeki[Source: http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2014-07-18-commissions-task-teams-and-the-state-of-sa/#.U8k9K7mKDIU by Ranjeni Munusamy.]

It is not an everyday occurrence for a person with the title “President” prefixed to their name to appear before a court or government inquiry. Nelson Mandela has so far been the only sitting head of state to testify in court. On Thursday, former President Thabo Mbeki appeared before the judicial commission of inquiry investigating the arms deal. In years to come, perhaps other incumbents might face a similar fate. Read more

South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
3.6% y/y in November 2019 (CPI) & +2.3 y/y in November 2019 (PPI)
-0.6% q/q (3rd quarter of 2019)
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