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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Violent protests

SAM Vlag 2[Source: by Adam Haupt.]

In case you have missed it in the midst of media frenzies about puppets in court, murder trials dismissed, or beauty competitions won, South African democracy is in trouble. Here are 10 reasons why our constitutionally enshrined democratic rights are under threat: Read more

SAM betoog[Source: by Johan Burger.]

There is something tragic about the approach by some in the South African government to the challenge of public dissatisfaction and community protest. Tragic, because it fails to recognise that protest action is not purely criminal or irrational, but about issues of real or perceived neglect and deprivation. Read more

SAM Marikana[Source: by Greg Marinovich.]

As the final days of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry draw to a close, and a disputation of lawyers encapsulate their work over the last two years, GREG MARINOVICH reports on what has changed from 2012 until now. Read more

SAM Parliament[Source: by Rebecca Davis.]

Thursday 13th November will surely go down as one of the most inglorious days in the history of South Africa’s democratic parliament. After almost seven hours of ultimately futile filibustering from opposition parties, the National Assembly adopted the report which essentially exonerates President Jacob Zuma from wrongdoing over Nkandla. If that weren’t enough, the evening descended into chaos when riot police were called into the House and proceeded to assault MPs. Read more

South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
4% y/y in July 2019 (CPI) & +4.9 y/y in July 2019 (PPI)
3.1% q/q (2nd quarter of 2019)
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