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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Politicsweb by John Kane-Berman.]

John Kane-Berman says South Africa continues to align with the usual anti-democratic global suspects.

When Hugo Chavez visited South Africa in 2008, there was speculation that President Thabo Mbeki was talking to him about buying oil from Venezuela. Although Venezuelan crude was not suitable for South Africa’s refineries, at least there might have been some economic logic to a deal between the two countries.

Now, more than ten years later, we get no oil from Venezuela and ties with its ruined economy are negligible. Yet our government still admires the regime in Caracas – so much so that we voted last month at the United Nations (UN) Security Council against a proposal to discuss the current crisis in Venezuela. While the US, most of Latin America, and some of Europe have accepted Juan Guaido as interim president of Venezuela, South Africa clings to the view that Nicolas Maduro is that country’s legitimate president.

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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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