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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: News 24 by Songezo Zibi.]

We need a conversation by and for black people. It is time to talk openly about racial reasoning, the bedrock of our own debilitating “what-aboutism”, writes¬†Songezo Zibi.

An almost untold aspect of some of the testimony before the commission of inquiry into state capture, chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo (“the Zondo Commission”) is the long list of victims and their stories of torment at the hands of the corrupt. These are strong, ethically upstanding and committed servants of the South African public who were harassed, victimised, threatened and ejected out of state and public institutions, and some of whom underwent immense personal strain over a very long time.

For instance, there was Mathane Makgatho, the former group treasurer at Transnet who was bold enough to tell Brian Molefe, the former group chief executive, that he was enabling the looting of hundreds of millions of rands of public money. Over a long time, this skilled, highly experienced and competent black woman (yes, her race is central to this piece, but more on that later) fought a good fight and eventually left the organisation, fearing for her life.

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South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
4.3% y/y in August 2019 (CPI) & +4.5 y/y in August 2019 (PPI)
3.1% q/q (2nd quarter of 2019)
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