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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Media freedom

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

SAM SABC Sunday Times[Source: by Thabo Mokone.]

New Communications Minister Faith Muthambi wants to strip parliament of the power to fire disruptive members of the SABC board and have that authority given to her.
Muthambi also plans to reduce the number of seats on the public broadcaster’s board from 12 to about five, saying its current size is too big and expensive. 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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