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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Washington Examiner by Marian Tupy.]

On Feb. 2, 1990, South Africa’s last white president, F. W. de Klerk, rose in that country’s Parliament to unban a number of largely black political parties, including the African National Congress and the South African Communist Party. He also announced Nelson Mandela’s release from jail and the government’s intention to repeal the last remaining apartheid laws.

As De Klerk later noted, the collapse of communism in Central and Eastern Europe in 1989 provided the South African government with a unique opportunity to assuage the concerns of the white electorate, which feared the socialist devastation that befell other parts of Africa after the end of European colonialism, and set the stage for that country’s first multiracial democratic election in 1994.

De Klerk was right to liberalize South Africa’s politics and to put an end to its unconscionable system of racial discrimination. He was wrong to think that socialism was no longer a threat to South Africa.

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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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