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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: ISS Today by Peter Fabricius.]

Is there any chance that the short-lived Southern African Development Community (SADC) Tribunal that was so disgracefully terminated in 2014 could be resurrected? That would be a great victory for regional justice.

South Africa’s Constitutional Court last year reversed former president Jacob Zuma’s signature of the protocol that had effectively killed the tribunal. The apex court’s ruling has evidently inspired a campaign across the region to revive the tribunal in its original fully empowered form.

The Windhoek-based tribunal, which was theoretically founded in 1992 but only began operations in 2005, once had the power to hear complaints from individual SADC citizens against their own and other governments. But then it ruled in 2007 and 2008 that the seizure of white-owned farms by then Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe’s government was illegal.

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South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
4% y/y in July 2019 (CPI) & +4.9 y/y in July 2019 (PPI)
3.1% q/q (2nd quarter of 2019)
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