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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Political intimidation & murders

[Source: Daily Maverick by Raymond Suttner.]

On the eve of the opening of Parliament’s 2015 session, our consciousness had been bombarded with phrases like ‘paralysis of Parliament’ a ‘disgraceful moment in South African democracy’ and the need to restore the ‘dignity’ or ‘decorum’ of Parliament. These expressions and many more were a reaction to disruptions in Parliament in 2014, unprecedented in South African Parliamentary history, whether in the post-1994 era or in pre-democratic Parliaments. Where do we stand now, and why?

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[Source: Mail & Guardian by Mmanaledi Mataboge, Matuma Letsoalo, Qaanitah Hunter, Thulani Gqirana.]

The ANC’s national general council is often a stage for the party president to gloat about his achievements, set the tone for the next national conference, whip his opponents and remind delegates that he is still in charge.

Then president Thabo Mbeki did exactly that in Port Elizabeth in 2000, when he was at the height of his power. Read more

[Source: Daily Maverick by Stephen Grootes.]

This week has seen the NPA claiming that its deputy head, Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba, is “avoiding” police; the police saying that the NPA is “jumping the gun” to issue her with a summons; and Jiba herself saying that she’ll “discuss it all” with her boss when she gets to see him. Head spinning? Ours too.

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South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
4.3% y/y in August 2019 (CPI) & +4.5 y/y in August 2019 (PPI)
3.1% q/q (2nd quarter of 2019)
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