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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Political intimidation & murders

SAM NPA[Source: http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2014-06-01-analysis-npa-head-and-zuma-part-five/ by Stephen Grootes.]

Over the course of the last few days it’s emerged that there are serious claims as to the probity and past behaviour of the National Director of Public Prosecutions, Mxolisi Nxasana. The Sunday Times, under the typically understated headline “Fire Him!” reported he’d been accused of murder and acquitted on the grounds of self-defence, convicted twice for assault as well as having been accused of reckless and negligent driving.

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SAM Protest ISS[Source: http://issafrica.org/iss-today/what-does-increasing-political-violence-mean-for-the-future-of-south-africas-democracy by Lizette Lancaster.]

In the six months leading up to South African’s fifth democratic election on 7 May, 76 incidents of election-related violence had taken place. These were mostly clashes between supporters of rival political parties and communities who used the elections as a national platform to air their grievances. Read more

SAM IEC[Source: http://historymatters.co.za/intimidation-sa-politics-david-bruce/ by David Bruce.]

This week the Community Agency for Social Enquiry (Case) released their report, Just singing and dancing? Intimidation and the manipulation of voters and the electoral process in the build-up to the 2014 elections. The report was researhed and written by David Bruce, who writes about the report research below. Read more

Newspapers[Report by South African Monitor.]

There has been a tidal change in the tenor of media reports on South Africa. The Economist writes on 7 October 2013: The continent’s biggest democracies, South Africa and Nigeria, have not lately been a compelling advertisement for representative government. South Africa, ruled by the African National Congress since 1994, is in danger of becoming a de facto one-party state. 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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