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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Political intimidation & murders

SAM Mbeki[Source: http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2014-07-18-commissions-task-teams-and-the-state-of-sa/#.U8k9K7mKDIU 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: 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

South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
3.7% y/y in October 2019 (CPI) & +4.1 y/y in September 2019 (PPI)
3.1% q/q (2nd quarter of 2019)
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