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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Property rights

[Source: Daily Maverick by Anthea Jeffery.]

The government says the current Expropriation Act of 1975 is unconstitutional and has to be replaced. To this end, it has recently put forward a reworked Expropriation Bill, but this Bill is just as unconstitutional as the present statute. The sweeping powers in the Bill will also encourage all organs of state to use expropriation as a first, rather than a last, resort. The predictable effects will be to curtail growth, worsen poverty, deepen dependency on the State – and advance the national democratic revolution and its socialist objectives.

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[Source: The Economist.]

Churchillian is seldom an adjective used to describe Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s president, whose ponderous parliamentary speeches are so irresistibly soporific to backbenchers that at least three were photographed snoozing through his recent state-of-the-nation address. But on the subject of land ownership a few days later he took a leaf out of the master orator’s book. “The fate of too many”, he said, “is in the hands of too few.” Read more

[Source: Moneyweb by Magnus Heystek (picture).]

The scenes of our dear leader Jacob Zuma almost rolling in the aisles with laughter at precisely the time that the horde of ‘White Shirts’ marched into Parliament to remove the EFF members from the chambers during the State of the Nation (Sona) will forever, as far as I’m concerned, typify the leadership of Zuma and his bunch of ANC cronies. 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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