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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Politicsweb by Anton Harber.]

In the last 18 months investigative journalism in South Africa soared to great heights, and then sunk to unprecedented depths.

The apogee was the publication of the #GuptaLeaks trove of emails in 2017, which provided the hard evidence of the inside workings of the state capture project in a way that could no longer be denied. The dozens of stories came from both the Sunday Times and their sister newspapers in the Tiso Blackstar group, and the independent investigative unit amaBhungane in alliance with Daily Maverick and News24.

#GuptaLeaks had become “probably the greatest investigative journalism coup in South African history”, journalist and commentator William Saunderson-Meyer wrote on Politicsweb.

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South Africa at a Glance
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