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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Politicsweb by Chris de Kock.]

I wish to state upfront that I fully support the wisdom of the Covid-19 lockdown decision, taken by the South African Government on the advice of its health experts. I believe and trust that it can save tens of thousands and even hundreds of thousands of lives. This article is not a critique of the lockdown, it aims to improve our knowledge of crime in South Africa after Covid-19.

Minister of Police Bheki Cele should be congratulated on: a) the release of crime statistics for the first week of the lockdown, even if they are not fully verified statistics, and b) the very significant decreases in serious crimes recorded therein.

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South Africa at a Glance
59 620 000 (mid 2020 estimate)
2.2% y/y in June 2020 (CPI) & +0.5 y/y in June 2020 (PPI)
-2.0% q/q (1st quarter of 2020)
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