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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Declining democracy

SAM Thuli 2[Source (text & illustration): by Ranjeni Munusamy.]

A constitutional crisis could be imminent over the powers of the Public Protector as she faces increasing political heat over her investigation into the upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla residence. Daily Maverick has learnt that Zuma has written to Thuli Madonsela questioning whether she has the powers to investigate him at all. Read more

SAM FW 2[Source: by FW de Klerk.]

I welcome Cyril Ramaphosa’s response to my speech of 31 January, which dealt, among other topics, with the ANC’s approach to transformation – as embodied in its National Democratic Revolution (NDR).

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SAM Nicola de Jager[Source: by Nicola de Jager.]

In this article, Nicola de Jager argues that we need to take another look at Southern Africa’s ‘democratic darlings’; Botswana and South Africa. These states may have a relatively impressive democratic record on paper within Southern Africa but they are dominant party states. In practice, this dynamic places opposition parties at such a disadvantage that we cannot call the elections that happen in these countries ‘fair’. Dr De Jager is a member of the Department of Political Science at the University of Stellenbosch. Read more

Zuma 2012

[Source: by Sibongakonke Shoba.]

President Jacob Zuma yesterday [8 January 2014] called on ANC supporters to ensure that his party wins over two-thirds of the vote in the forthcoming general election, saying this would enable him to change the constitution.

Speaking to hundreds of supporters in KaNyamazane, near Nelspruit, as part of the ANC’s 102nd birthday celebrations, Zuma made it clear that he wanted to change the constitution – without specifying the changes. Read more

South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
4.1% y/y in March 2020 (CPI) & +4.5 y/y in February 2020 (PPI)
-1.4% q/q (4th quarter of 2019)
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