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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.


Somali nationals demonstrate outside the Parliament in Cape Town against recent xenophobic attacks[Source: by Peter Fabricius.]

Is it ‘ordinary criminality’ when South Africans necklace a Mozambican, or kill a Somali shopkeeper and loot his business? Or is it something more sinister, which ought to be addressed in a special way?

The South African government mostly dismisses xenophobic violence as ‘ordinary criminality.’ Perhaps that explains why it now seems to be becoming routine in South Africa – almost accepted as an inevitable part of the South African way of life, like other violent crimes. Read more

SAM Refiloe[Source: by Loren B Landau and Iriann Freemantle.]

Johannesburg – Since last Saturday, the poorest areas in Mamelodi, Pretoria, have again seen violence, forced evictions and the frantic “evacuations” of foreign shopkeepers and their stock.

Reflecting patterns seen across the country, marauding groups have made their way through various areas, largely unencumbered by resistance from the police or residents.  Read more

SAM Xeno IOL[Source:]

Johannesburg – Government and police are not doing enough to protect Somali refugees, rights organisation Amnesty International said on Thursday.

“Six years after the large-scale xenophobic violence of 2008, it  is inexcusable that South African authorities have yet to address this problem,” regional director for Southern Africa Deprose Muchena said in a statement. Read more

SAM Crime[Source:]

Two people have been killed as several foreign-owned shops were looted by an angry mob in Mamelodi, east of South African capital Pretoria, local authorities said.

Police said the violence was triggered after a foreign shopkeeper allegedly shot and wounded a South African national on Saturday after an argument over change. Read more

SAM Zims[Source: by Alex Bell.]

Zimbabwean citizens in South Africa have said they are anxious about their futures, following the elections in that country this week.

South Africans voted in the general elections on Wednesday, and despite some reports of ballot paper dumping, the process has been praised as free and fair. Read more

South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
4.1% y/y in March 2020 (CPI) & +4.5 y/y in February 2020 (PPI)
-1.4% q/q (4th quarter of 2019)
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