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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Daily Maverick by Rebecca Davis.]

Billionaire businessman Patrice Motsepe took the unusual step this week of calling a press conference to deny rumours that he would benefit in any way from Eskom’s asset sale. But though such claims are clearly being used as ammunition by conspiracy theorists and critics of President Cyril Ramaphosa, the fact remains that it is legitimate – and indeed necessary – to keep an eye on the business activities of President’s former colleagues, friends and family members.

Patrice Motsepe will be the first to admit that his links to political power in South Africa sometimes seem too close for comfort.

The billionaire businessman did exactly that during a press conference he called this week.

“Having relatives in very high positions in government justifiably raises perceptions of favouritism or improper conduct,” Motsepe stated.

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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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