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STATEMENT ON THE TAXI STRIKE IN THE WESTERN CAPE

The FW de Klerk Foundation strongly condemns the intimidation of people, the damage of property and the general violence associated with the current taxi strike in the Western Cape, led by the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco). The Foundation urges all parties involved to resolve the dispute in a constructive manner, abstain from any further acts of violence and respect the Rule of Law.

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BRIDGING THE GENDER GAP THIS WOMEN’S DAY

According to the Global Gender Gap Report 2023, South Africa stood unchanged from its 20th position in the world in terms of gender equality. The report noted that South Africa had “closed more than 70% of the overall gender gap”, but that it would “take 102 years to close the gender gap”.

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PLAYING WITH MATCHES IN THE GUNPOWDER STORE

Last Saturday, Julius Malema addressed a packed FNB stadium in Johannesburg to mark the 10th anniversary of the EFF. The scarlet-clad masses undulated to the rhythm of African music and the chanting of EFF slogans, while red and black balloons, confetti and streamers were discharged into the stadium. It was a cross between a rock concert, a soccer match and a religious revival.

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SIGN LANGUAGE ACT WELCOMED

On Wednesday 19 July, President Ramaphosa signed the South African Sign Language Act into law, a welcome step “to promote the rights of persons who are deaf and hard of hearing”.

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FLASHING RED LIGHTS FOR THE BLUE LIGHT BRIGADE

On Sunday 23 July, eight Presidential Protection Services (PPS) police officers were arrested for brutally assaulting three off-duty members of the SANDF on the N1 highway in Gauteng. The incident, which was captured on video, shocked millions of South Africans.

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CHALLENGES AND CONTROVERSIES SURROUNDING THE TERMINATION OF ZIMBABWEAN EXEMPTION PERMITS IN SOUTH AFRICA

On 5 January 2022, the Minister of Home Affairs abruptly withdrew the Zimbabwean Exemption Permits (ZEP). This decision triggered legal action and scrutiny over its validity and adherence to legal principles, particularly regarding the procedural fairness, constitutional rights, and treatment of refugees in the country. On 28 June 2023, the High Court found that the Minister’s decision was invalid, unconstitutional and unlawful

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