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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

South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
4.6% y/y in February 2020 (CPI) & +4.5 y/y in February 2020 (PPI)
-1.4% q/q (4th quarter of 2019)
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