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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Declining democracy

SAM Nkandla 2[Source:,0,1130273.story#axzz2wski3k5b by Robyn Dixon.]

South African President Jacob Zuma personally benefited from a $23-million state-paid “security” upgrade to his private residence in rural KwaZulu-Natal, according to South Africa’s public protector, an official with the duties of an ombudsman. Read more

anclogo[Source: by Verashni Pillay.]

The time for ­the promotion of minorities in the opposition ­Democratic Alliance has expired, with the party on a mission to increase its black representation. And if ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe’s latest comments are anything to go by, minorities are not getting a free ride in the ANC either. Read more

Julius Malema Beeld[Source:]

A weak ANC threatens to strengthen the radical populists.

For Julius Malema, the firebrand in South Africa’s forthcoming elections, the only thing that has changed in 20 years since the end of apartheid is that “the government of white people had been replaced with a government of black people”. Read more

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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South Africa at a Glance
59 620 000 (mid 2020 estimate)
2.2% y/y in June 2020 (CPI) & +0.5 y/y in June 2020 (PPI)
-2.0% q/q (1st quarter of 2020)
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