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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Daily Maverick by Pieter-Louis Myburgh.]

The high-level review panel report on the State Security Agency’s (SSA) illicit activities during the Zuma years is awash with examples of politically-motivated operations, corruption and the spy agency’s general disregard for the rule of law. The report could serve as a useful manual to help rescue the SSA from the swamp of abuse and malfeasance it had been dragged into by Zuma and Co. But this document should by no means be the final say on this grave matter, and President Cyril Ramaphosa’s inevitable battle with the spooks is bound to get nasty.

The story of Thebe Maswabi and the Workers Association Union (WAU), a “labour union” for mine workers launched on South Africa’s troubled platinum belt, must count among the most astonishing examples of Jacob Zuma’s disregard for the Constitution he supposedly helped fight for and swore his allegiance to, twice.

It may also be one of the most incredible stories to emanate from Zuma’s long-standing penchant for all things clandestine, and generally dodgy.

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South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.0% y/y in January 2019 (CPI) & +4.1 y/y in January 2019 (PPI)
1.4% q/q (4th quarter of 2018)
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