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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Business Day by Gareth van Onselen.]

SA is in the grips of a low-grade civil war. There is the ANC, and the people. And they are at each other’s throat. It is not metaphorical, but real. Blood is being spilt. At its heart lies the legitimacy of the state, against which everyone, in one way or another, has taken up arms.

Police stations are guarded by private security firms; ambulances are now accompanied by armed guards; hospitals are besieged by violence; schools are burnt or destroyed, along with clinics and libraries; in some towns, gangs — in the form of an organised mafia, or disorganised terror — have effectively usurped power; death threats and political assassinations are commonplace; and public infrastructure, both hard — trains, cables, buses, and soft — electricity, water, are vandalised and stolen.

It is anathema to the spirit of renewal to say such things, however, it is not only true but an essential analytical framework  to properly understand the contemporary SA condition: we are at war, and the sooner that is accepted, the better we will be able to respond.

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South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
4% y/y in July 2019 (CPI) & +4.9 y/y in July 2019 (PPI)
3.1% q/q (2nd quarter of 2019)
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