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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Business Day by Genevieve Quintal.]

“To anyone who has been listening, everything I have told you is public knowledge.” As a journalist I have heard these words countless times when speaking to government officials and politicians on the phone in a bid to get context while working on a story.

I have also been asked — which I’m sure many can attest to — to put my phone on airplane mode, switch it off and put it in my handbag when meeting so-called sources. We have been living in a state of paranoia for years, all because of the fear that we are being spied on by elements in the state.

However, until Monday there was no way of really knowing whether your conversations were being listened to by crime intelligence or state security. In a groundbreaking judgment the high court in Pretoria ruled this week that no South African is to be spied on by the state without eventually being informed.

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South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
3.7% y/y in October 2019 (CPI) & +4.1 y/y in September 2019 (PPI)
3.1% q/q (2nd quarter of 2019)
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