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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Africa News by Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban.]

Herman Mashaba, executive mayor of Johannesburg, South Africa’s commercial city for diamonds and gold industries, is under fire on Twitter after a big township under his jurisdiction was shutdown by its residents.

At the heart of the protests is what residents say is a lack of service delivery by the authorities. They are angry among others at the lack of collection of refuse piles and the mushrooming of what they say are illegal structures in the area.

People in the area are said to be in a running battle with police deployed to quell protests in Alexandria. Police have fired rubber bullets in areas to disperse the irate crowds.

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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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