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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Media freedom

SAM SABC 1[Source:–of-the-SABC by Stephen Grootes.]

After a week in which it seemed the chaos at the SABC had reached its climax, Sunday brought news that matters were even worse than they first seemed. Not only is the COO someone who doesn’t have a matric, and lied about it, now, according to the City Press, the chair also lied about her qualifications. Liars, it seems, stick together at the corporation. Read more

SAM Camera 4[Source:]

Johannesburg – SABC acting chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng has proposed that journalists have a licence to practice like those in the medical and law professions, the broadcaster reported on Thursday.

Motsoeneng said journalists who acted unprofessionally should be stripped of their licences. Read more

Newspapers[Source: by Robert Wiggill.]

Civil-rights organisation, AfriForum, has submitted further legal opinion on South Africa’s proposed Protection of State Information Bill to President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday.

According to AfriForum CEO, Ernst Roets, the rights organisation has various concerns with the act and have thus submitted a legal view to the president to be considered. Read more

South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.5% y/y in June 2019 (CPI) & +5.8 y/y in June 2019 (PPI)
-3.2% q/q (1st quarter of 2019)
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