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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Violent protests

[Source: Open Society Foundations by Sandra Coliver.]

Do you need permission to protest? International law says no, but most democracies around the world have laws on their books that require protest organizers to notify the proper authorities of planned protests. Many of those laws allow the authorities to impose criminal penalties—fines and imprisonment—for failure to notify even when the protest is peaceful and does not block traffic. Read more

[Source: Politicsweb by Belinda Bozzoli.]

Mr Elijah Moholola has responded to a stinging critique of UCT’s dithering around the banning and relocation of works of art on the campus, with a certain degree of incomprehension. UCTs critics (Elisa Galgut and William Daniels) have called the University out on its “bull***t’, using the arguments of philosopher Harry Frankfurt. Moholola has chosen to read this critique as a compilation of expletives. This is embarrassing for the University and leaves the argument made by Galgut and Daniels untouched. Read more

[Source: America Magazine by Anthony Egan.]

International news reports highlight the fact that in 2018 South Africa has experienced a spike in protests. The disturbances are rooted in poverty and public dissatisfaction with government delivery of basic services like electricity, water and public housing. Reuters reports that there were 198 “service delivery protests” by the end of September, surpassing the previous record of 191 in 2014 when former President Jacob Zuma was still in power. 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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