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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Violent Crime

[Source: Business Day Live by Steven Friedman. Photo: Sunday Times.]

The justice system’s real crisis was on horrific display last week — and, true to form, none of those who claim to care about the courts even noticed. In Etwatwa on the East Rand, three boys were killed in a necklace murder. Why they died is unclear but the murders are connected to vigilante activity in an area plagued by gang violence. Read more


Fluchtartig mussten die südafrikanische Heilerin und ihre Familie das Heimatdorf verlassen. Sie und neun andere waren von einem traditionellen Heiler aus dem Ort für den Tod eines Kindes und dessen Mutter verantwortlich gemacht worden. “Er schaute in seinen magischen Spiegel und sagte, zehn Hexen hätten den Tod verursacht”, sagt sie. “Eine der Beschuldigten war ich.”          Read more

[Source: Daily Maverick by Russell Pollitt.]

Tshimangadzo Samuel Benedict Daswa was bludgeoned to death by fellow villagers just days nine days before the release of Nelson Mandela on 2 February 1990 for opposing witchcraft. On Sunday, in the small village of Tshitanini near Thohoyandou in Limpopo, Daswa will be declared a martyr. Pope Francis has sent Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect for the Congregation of the Causes for the Saints, to preside over the beatification ceremony. The king of Venda, the premiers of Gauteng and Limpopo and Water Affairs and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane will be among the guests of honour. A further 35,000 people are expected to descend on the area to witness the beatification.

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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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