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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Deutsche Welle by Thuso Khumalo, Josephine Mahachi.]

Former President Jacob Zuma is accused of allowing the State Security Agency (SSA) to serve the political interests of the ruling ANC. Big names have been implicated, but will they actually be brought to justice?

Panic has gripped South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC), following damning revelations on the abuse of the State Security Agency’s (SSA) powers over the past decade.

The High Level Review Panel set up by President Cyril Ramaphosa to examine the workings of the SSA — an organization long shrouded in both secrecy and scandal — has finally concluded that the SSA was appropriated and used to wage factional political battles in the African National Congress (ANC) under former President Jacob Zuma’s administration. It also describes how the agency became a “cash cow” of sorts for those working both inside and outside the organization.

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4.5% y/y in May 2019 (CPI) & +6.4 y/y in May 2019 (PPI)
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