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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Quartz Africa by Steven Friedman.]

Covid-19 infections are rising sharply in South Africa—and Latin America. This is fitting: South Africa resembles the countries of South America more than those of its home continent.

It has become common to point out that Covid-19 has highlighted South Africa’s inequalities. It is less common, but just as important, to recognize that inequality shapes how the country is governed, ensuring that, while South Africa is located in Africa, those who govern it may be closer to their counterparts in Latin America.

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South Africa at a Glance
59 620 000 (mid 2020 estimate)
3.2% y/y in July 2020 (CPI) & +1.9 y/y in July 2020 (PPI)
-51% q/q (2nd quarter of 2020)
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