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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Political intimidation & murders

[Source: Daily Maverick by Cyril Madlala.]

To this day in places such as Mpumalanga township in Hammarsdale, the epicentre of much of the blood-letting, the ruins of destroyed homes remain a stark reminder of the horrors. Those who recall the bloody low-level civil war that raged between the IFP and the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal during the eighties fear that the tensions between the ANC and its alliance partner the SACP fear a similar chapter may have begun.

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[Source: Business Day Live by Gareth van Onselen.]

In October African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Gwede Mantashe grasped a nettle. “Of great concern are the NEC (national executive committee) members who are either charged or have pending cases of corruption against them,” he said. “As the number of these comrades grows we will be unable to sustain the technical argument of innocent until proven guilty.” Read more

[Source: ISS by Lizette Lancaster.]

Increasingly, South Africans from all walks of life are mobilising for change. Many resort to public protest in the hope of galvanising government to improve its performance and do something about unacceptable levels of unemployment and poverty. Last year saw widespread community-level protests, along with large-scale student protests popularised by the #FeesMustFall slogan. Read more

South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.5% y/y in March 2019 (CPI) & +6.2 y/y in March 2019 (PPI)
1.4% q/q (4th quarter of 2018)
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