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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Violent protests

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[Source:  http://ewn.co.za/2014/01/30/OPINION-Alex-Eliseev-Limpopos-fierytale-the-people-vs-the-police by Alex Eliseev.]

On the day Robert McBride secured a nod in Parliament to lead police watchdog Ipid – and while more denials were heard by the Farlam Commission – news broke that officers in Limpopo shot dead two more protesters in a chaotic stand-off. This brings to eight the number of protesters killed this month alone. What will it take to make the police realise that their relationship with communities across South Africa is in a fiery tailspin. Read more

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[Source: http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2014-01-17-north-west-protests-the-politics-of-failure/#.UtrRsppJzIV by Stephen Grootes.]

The demonstrations known as “service delivery protests” have become so commonplace in our fair republic that many news organisations don’t even bother covering them anymore. Nowadays, it takes a death or two for the country to sit up and take notice. But dig a little deeper, and it seems that there are actually structural reasons for the deaths of three people during protests over water this week in the North West’s Mothutlung, rather than somewhere else in the country. Read more

SAM service delivery[Source: http://www.enca.com/south-africa/brits-protest-claims-third-victim]

BRITS – The family of a 28-year-old man in Mothotlung in the Brits area have confirmed their relative died after service delivery protests in the area.

Lerato Seema is believed to be the third victim of clashes with police over water shortages.

Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone said the man and his friend were arrested on Tuesday for public violence in the area during a protest about water shortages. Read more

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[Source:  http://news.sky.com/story/1194450/south-africa-water-protesters-shot-by-police]

Clashes between South African police and protesters angry at the poor delivery of water supplies have left two people dead.

The killings took place during a demonstration in the northern town of Brits.

Police spokesman Sabata Mokgwabone said: “Two protestors died and two were wounded when they marched to Brits and clashed with police. It is suspected that police fired shots but this is being investigated.” Read more

South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
5.1% y/y in October 2018 (CPI) & +6.9 y/y in October 2018 (PPI)
2.2% q/q (3rd quarter of 2018)
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