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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: The New York Times by the Editorial Board.]

Cyril Ramaphosa, who retained South Africa’s presidency in national elections last week, faces a serious quandary. His party, the African National Congress — the party of Nelson Mandela, which has governed the country since the end of apartheid — has become profoundly corrupt, as any party would after 25 years of unchallenged power. Yet because of that same corruption, voters denied Mr. Ramaphosa the strong mandate he may need to cleanse the party and put South Africa back on track.

In his victory speech, Mr. Ramaphosa pledged to end corruption“whether some people like it or not.” Whether he can is the big question hanging over South Africa after the election. That he must try is not in question, nor is that at this stage he is the only leader who stands a chance of routing the deeply entrenched kleptocrats in the A.N.C.

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South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.5% y/y in May 2019 (CPI) & +6.4 y/y in May 2019 (PPI)
-3.2% q/q (1st quarter of 2019)
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