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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.


SAM Grondwethof

[Source: by Jeremy Kutner.]

As nation readies for first elections without Nelson Mandela, top prosecutors are attacked for letting officials get away with murder. Literally.

Richard Mdluli, head of the crime intelligence section of the South African police, was first charged with murder, attempted murder, intimidation, and the kidnapping of a man who married his former lover.  Six months later came money laundering charges, followed by charges of fraud, theft, and corruption. Read more

Mandela beeld

[Source:  – by Steven Mufson and Sudarsan Raghavan]

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — With the death of Nelson Mandela, the political party and broad coalition he helped to bind together are coming apart at the seams. The African National Congress remains in power, holding nearly two-thirds of the seats in Parliament, but it is losing popularity even among its staunchest supporters. To many South Africans, the ANC looks less and less like a party of legendary anti-apartheid leaders and more like a grouping of crony capitalists and dispensers of patronage. Read more


[Source: by Stephanie Findlay]

Rainbow nation or not, South Africa is battling a crime epidemic. Even as the country was in mourning for their beloved hero Nelson Mandela, Radovan Krejcir, a Czech businessman and fugitive, made headlines this month when he was denied bail. The towering 45-year-old — he stands well over 6’2 and is built like a truck — was arrested in November on charges of kidnapping and assault in connection with a botched 24 million rand ($2.3 million) crystal meth deal. Read more

Tolhek 4

[Source: by John Eligon]

JOHANNESBURG — The sleek, white structures began sprouting up over highways here about three years ago, leaving people to wonder what they were.

A place for billboards, perhaps? Decorative pieces to spruce up the region? Or maybe they were docks to mount security cameras.        Read more

South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
4.6% y/y in February 2020 (CPI) & +4.5 y/y in February 2020 (PPI)
-1.4% q/q (4th quarter of 2019)
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