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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Emerging Trends

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[Source: http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2014-01-17-north-west-protests-the-politics-of-failure/#.UtrRsppJzIV by Stephen Grootes.]

The demonstrations known as “service delivery protests” have become so commonplace in our fair republic that many news organisations don’t even bother covering them anymore. Nowadays, it takes a death or two for the country to sit up and take notice. But dig a little deeper, and it seems that there are actually structural reasons for the deaths of three people during protests over water this week in the North West’s Mothutlung, rather than somewhere else in the country. Read more

SAM service delivery[Source: http://www.enca.com/south-africa/brits-protest-claims-third-victim]

BRITS – The family of a 28-year-old man in Mothotlung in the Brits area have confirmed their relative died after service delivery protests in the area.

Lerato Seema is believed to be the third victim of clashes with police over water shortages.

Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone said the man and his friend were arrested on Tuesday for public violence in the area during a protest about water shortages. Read more

SAM Nicola de Jager[Source: http://democracyinafrica.org/elections-bostwana-south-africa-can-free-fair/ by Nicola de Jager.]

In this article, Nicola de Jager argues that we need to take another look at Southern Africa’s ‘democratic darlings’; Botswana and South Africa. These states may have a relatively impressive democratic record on paper within Southern Africa but they are dominant party states. In practice, this dynamic places opposition parties at such a disadvantage that we cannot call the elections that happen in these countries ‘fair’. Dr De Jager is a member of the Department of Political Science at the University of Stellenbosch. Read more

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[Source:  http://news.sky.com/story/1194450/south-africa-water-protesters-shot-by-police]

Clashes between South African police and protesters angry at the poor delivery of water supplies have left two people dead.

The killings took place during a demonstration in the northern town of Brits.

Police spokesman Sabata Mokgwabone said: “Two protestors died and two were wounded when they marched to Brits and clashed with police. It is suspected that police fired shots but this is being investigated.” Read more

South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.5% y/y in December 2018 (CPI) & +5.2 y/y in December 2018 (PPI)
2.2% q/q (3rd quarter of 2018)
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