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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Business Day by Carol Paton.]

South Africans have been caught up in two weeks of political and psychological turmoil. The killing of women and xenophobic looting and violence have overwhelmed everyone and everything, even the gathering of the great and the good at the World Economic Forum. 

It is weeks like this that can make us feel that things are spinning out of control. What typically happens, though, is that police step in, order is restored, calm returns and people return to their daily lives. SA resets until the next violent upheaval comes along.

But though the state restores order using force, what should worry us is that the state is increasingly unable to regain social control. This is true for a growing number of areas and aspects of life in SA, where shadow political actors and structures are de facto in charge, with the rules, systems and power of the real state largely irrelevant.

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