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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Declining democracy

SAM Rande S&W[Source: 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: 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

SAM Vote 2[Source: by Raymond Suttner.]

The public is justifiably outraged at the expenditure on the private home of president Jacob Zuma. It was with some generosity that the Public Protector concluded that he had not intentionally misled Parliament. If we assume this finding was correct, then it nevertheless illustrates a degree of detachment that the president has from what is happening around him, especially where he is being enriched. And, sadly, in expecting few personal repercussions, he may well be right. Read more

SAM Dirk Hermann[Source: by Karl Gemetzky.]

TRADE union Solidarity said on Wednesday it has begun to fight 34 more affirmative action court cases against the government and state-owned companies, as part of a campaign to fight the government’s “ideology” on racial representation in the workplace. Read more

South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
4.0% y/y in December 2019 (CPI) & +3.4 y/y in December 2019 (PPI)
-0.6% q/q (3rd quarter of 2019)
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