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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Media freedom

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

SAM SABC Sunday Times[Source: by Thabiso Mochiko & Khulekani Magubane.]

Industry experts and the opposition have decried the government’s decision to group the public broadcaster and state communication entities under one ministry.

This, they argue, raises concern about the independence of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in particular. Read more

South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.5% y/y in May 2019 (CPI) & +6.4 y/y in May 2019 (PPI)
-3.2% q/q (1st quarter of 2019)
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