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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Mail & Guardian by Richard Pithouse.]

For years, we have been subjected to an avalanche of stories revealing just how deeply corruption is entrenched in our society.

Many of them — a wedding extravaganza, a Louis Vuitton bag full of cash, a demand to put someone’s son in a sports team — would seem better suited to a magical realist novel than to a newspaper.

But we’re hardly the first society to have to confront this. A politician in Brazil was found to have $55-million in cash in his home and there are stories from Mexico, India, Italy and many other countries that would fit just as well in Ngugi wa’Thiong’o’s Wizard of the Crow as any vignette from our own fantastical cornucopia of high-end corruption.

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South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.5% y/y in May 2019 (CPI) & +6.4 y/y in May 2019 (PPI)
-3.2% q/q (1st quarter of 2019)
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