South Africa

Protests over corruption rock South Africa prior to Zuma's departure in February

On 14th February 2018, President Jacob Zuma announced his resignation after nearly nine years in power, a move prompted by an ultimatum from his party - the African National Congress (ANC) - which had ordered him to resign or face a vote of no confidence. As reported previously on the Monitor, frustration with Zuma's corrupt practices and misuse of public funds had sparked multiple protests across the country. Read more

Protests over corruption rock South Africa prior to Zuma's departure in February

Vote of no confidence against Zuma brings thousands of South Africans to the streets

In anticipation of a vote of no confidence against President Zuma, several protests took place, including one organised by the coalition #UniteBehind in Cape Town on 7th August 2017, gathering thousands. #UniteBehind is a coalition of civil society, activists and religious leaders promoting an equal and just society and that are against corruption and state capture. Read more

Vote of no confidence against Zuma brings thousands of South Africans to the streets

Civil society mobilises to prevent social media regulation

Government proposals to regulate social media have raised concerns in South African civil society and prompted a campaign to oppose the move. Read more

Civil society mobilises to prevent social media regulation

Failure to provide services continues to drive protests in South Africa

In keeping with the strong culture of protest in South Africa, a number of mobilisations recently took place in different parts of the country. Read more

Failure to provide services continues to drive protests in South Africa

South Africa rescues reputation as human rights champion in SOGI vote

Prior to a UN Vote, South African authorities were criticised for an unclear stance on LGBTI issues in international fora. Read more

South Africa rescues reputation as human rights champion in SOGI vote

Student demonstrations repressed; journalists covering protests also attacked

Protests for free education flared in September, leading to clashes between police and university students throughout the country. Read more

Student demonstrations repressed; journalists covering protests also attacked

Protest at post-election event disrupted

Four silent protestors were forcibly removed following a silent protest to raise the issue of rape in South Africa. Read more

JUSTICE FOR LAND RIGHTS ACTIVIST, SIKHOSIPHI RHADEBE: CIVIL SOCIETY WRITES OPEN LETTER TO SOUTH AFRI

Nearly two hundred civil society organisations from 74 countries, including South Africa, have written an open letter to South African President Jacob Zuma to mark the second-month anniversary of the brutal assassination of South African community and land rights activist Sikhosiphi Rhadebe. Mr Rhadebe was killed on 22 March 2016 by unknown assailants using firearms. Read more

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Environmental Rights Activist Killed

South Africa may be celebrating human rights month to commemorate the sacrifices made in the struggle for democracy, yet attacks on rights defenders point to a worrying trend for civil society. CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance, calls on South Africa’s government to treat two recent incidents with utmost seriousness. Read more

Environmental Rights Activist Killed