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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.


[Source: South African Monitor by Heinrich Matthee.]

Parliamentary committee confirms constitutional change

On 15 November 2018 Parliament’s Joint Constitutional Review Committee adopted a report that recommends that the wording of Section 25 of the Constitution be changed to explicitly allow for expropriation without compensation (EWC).   Read more

[Source: South African Monitor by Heinrich Matthee.]

Greater ANC government intervention

In South Africa the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa has announced that it plans to expropriate mostly white-owned farms without compensation.  This followed an announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 31 July 2018 that the ANC will try to change the Constitution to support such expropriation without compensation (EWC). Read more

[This paper was delivered on 7 June 2018 at the South African Monitor colloquium “Expropriation without compensation”: comparing politics and property rights in Zimbabwe and South Africa in The Hague, The Netherlands.]


Some theorists of social justice and the libertarian right all seem to agree that distribution of resources should be on merit. This clarifies the odd proximity between Fredrick Hayek, hero of the libertarian right, and John Rawls, theorist of social justice. Read more

[Source: South African Monitor.]

Then president Nelson Mandela stated at the Summit on Rural Safety in 1998: “Beyond the immediate human suffering, lack of security and stability in our rural and farming community causes serious disruption to our economy.” [1] Ten years later, more farmers in the small community of about 30 000 commercial farmers than ever are being attacked, tortured and killed in South Africa. [2] Read more

South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.4% y/y in April 2019 (CPI) & +6.5 y/y in April 2019 (PPI)
-3.2% q/q (1st quarter of 2019)
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