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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: News 24 by Mandy Wiener.]

A number of the targets in the series of recent Serb-related hits have lived in South Africa, below the radar of the police and media, for up to a decade. In some instances, they’ve been making use of numerous identities and fake passports.

It is unclear why the equilibrium has been shaken and violence has now erupted.

“South Africa is seen as a “faraway land” by criminals in the Balkans, where it will be almost impossible for law enforcement authorities to track them down, not least because there are not strong channels for information sharing and extradition. On the other hand, South Africa is considered to be a good place for business opportunities, whether legal or illegal,” explains Fatjona Mejdini, field co-ordinator of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime Observatory in south-eastern Europe.

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South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.5% y/y in June 2019 (CPI) & +5.8 y/y in June 2019 (PPI)
-3.2% q/q (1st quarter of 2019)
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