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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Political intimidation & murders

SAM SAPS IOL[Source: by Siyabulela Dzanibe & Lee Rondganger.]

The murders of three shop stewards, shot in the back and then in the head to make sure they were dead, have shocked the country’s biggest trade union and struck fear in two officials who had witnessed it.

All three victims were senior officials with the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa).  Read more

SAM Mbeki[Source: by Ranjeni Munusamy.]

It is not an everyday occurrence for a person with the title “President” prefixed to their name to appear before a court or government inquiry. Nelson Mandela has so far been the only sitting head of state to testify in court. On Thursday, former President Thabo Mbeki appeared before the judicial commission of inquiry investigating the arms deal. In years to come, perhaps other incumbents might face a similar fate. Read more

SAM NPA[Source: 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: 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

South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.0% y/y in January 2019 (CPI) & +4.1 y/y in January 2019 (PPI)
1.4% q/q (4th quarter of 2018)
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