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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Violent protests

SAM Graph[Source: by Laura Grant.]

Who protests? Why do people protest? Has there been an increase in the number of service delivery demonstrations in the past few years? And who are the people protesting about service delivery? Data collected from seven municipalities was used to answer these four questions.  The data, which are records of notifications sent by organisations intending to hold gatherings and protests in the past five years, was collected by a team led by Jane Duncan of Rhodes University’s school of journalism and media studies.

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SAM Noel Kututwa[Source: by Noel Kututwa.]

The attainment of democracy was also a victory for the rest of Africa. Many Africans saw the developments in South Africa, in particular the way that people of all races are living in harmony, as truly inspirational. And yet as the 20th anniversary of democracy drew near, there was much debate here as to whether South Africa should be celebrating at all, given the enduring challenges. Read more

SAM Marikana MG 2[Source: by Greg Nicolson & Thapelo Lekgowa.]

It’s hard to imagine a story that could snatch headlines from Oscar Pistorius and Nkandla, but Lieutenant Colonel Salmon Vermaak has put the Marikana massacre back on the front page. The air-wing commander had a bird’s eye view of the events and having broken ranks with the top brass, he’s now flying solo. The dissident cop describes a Marikana operation of incompetence, brutality and cover-ups that reach the highest levels of South African policing. Read more

SAM Frans Cronje[Source: by Frans Cronje, SAIRR.]

Violent anti-government protest action in South Africa has increased dramatically in recent months. So much so that business, diplomatic, and government leaders are repeatedly asking the IRR what the demonstrations mean for the country’s future. Read more


[Source: Lizette Lancaster, Project Manager, Crime and Justice Information Hub and Mpho Mtshali, Intern, Governance, Crime and Justice Division, ISS Pretoria.]

This year started badly for the South African Police Service (SAPS) given that by the end of January 2014, more than ten people had been shot dead during violent public incidents. Read more

South Africa at a Glance
59 620 000 (mid 2020 estimate)
3.2% y/y in July 2020 (CPI) & +1.9 y/y in July 2020 (PPI)
-51% q/q (2nd quarter of 2020)
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