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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Media freedom

SAM Vergtglas[Source: by Murray Hunter.]

Last Friday, a year and a day after Edward Snowden first blew the whistle on mass surveillance of citizens, the Vodafone Group, Vodacom’s global parent company, came clean on government surveillance of its networks, publishing a country-by-country breakdown of how many times Vodafone companies helped law-enforcement agencies to listen in on their users in the last year. Read more

SAM ANC poster 2014[Source: by Christi van der Westhuizen.]

Rumours in the run-up to South Africa’s fifth democratic election that a “ministry of propaganda” was planned, have come to fruition as the formation of a new “ministry of communication” has been announced. The reasons for this development could be found in the results of the 8 May national and provincial elections, which returned the African National Congress (ANC) to power but, as predicted by the party’s own research, with a reduced majority – from 65.9% to 62.1%. Read more

Newscaster in Television Studio[Source:]

The SABC has refused to broadcast a series of City Press advertisements, which were part of a barter agreement, the newspaper reported on Sunday.  The advertisements – which referred to the 2012 Marikana shooting in Rustenburg, e-tolling and the Economic Freedom Fighters – were due to be aired this month. On May 28, however, Cornette Zietsman from the newspaper’s marketing division was informed in an email that the material was “not suitable for transmission” and that the booking request was cancelled “until further notice”.  Read more

SAM ANCYL 2[Source: by Glenda Nevill.]

South Africa’s media came under sustained attack this week by ANC-aligned organisations and the party itself. But the party and its youth wing believe their intimidating actions are necessary in light of what they perceive as a ‘biased’ and anti-ANC media.

The ANC has asked the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to investigate a cartoon published on the Eyewitness News website, a tweet sent by DA MP that showed dogs lining up to urinate on a poster of President Jacob Zuma and a comment attributed to public protector in which she allegedly likened ANC voters to abused women. Read more

South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.4% y/y in April 2019 (CPI) & +6.5 y/y in April 2019 (PPI)
-3.2% q/q (1st quarter of 2019)
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