South Africa

51 million people
6,690 USD GNI (PPP)
Internet:
Free
Press:
Partly Free
Free

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A Freedom House survey finds that 47 percent of South Africans between the ages of 18 and 34 may not vote in national and provincial elections on May 7. The survey, conducted via mobile phones from March 17-24, also finds that nearly two in three of those surveyed do not understand how South Africa’s proportional representation system works.

Issues: 
Civil Society, Democratic Governance, Elections
Regions: 
Sub-Saharan Africa

report released March 19 following a two-year investigation by South Africa’s Office of the Public Protector found that President Jacob Zuma misappropriated $23 million in state funds to renovate his private home.

Issues: 
Civil Society, Democratic Governance, Rule of Law
Regions: 
Sub-Saharan Africa
written by
Aleta Musvoto
Program Officer
written by
David Lindgren
Senior Program Associate


Youth employability in a modern, global economy remains of paramount importance, but equally crucial is affording youth the space and investment in their principled leadership for them to have a greater say over their future.

written by
Africa Program Staff

Freedom House’s latest Freedom in the World report paints a bleak picture of democracy and human rights in Africa overall, with 88 percent of the population living in countries designated either Not Free or Partly Free. Nevertheless, there were a number of small victories on the continent during 2013, even in countries where the prevailing trend remains negative.

Experts

Project Director of "Freedom of the Press"


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Special Reports

Twenty years of South African Democracy


Though they express deep disappointment with the government and its leaders, South Africans retain faith in the country’s 20-year old democracy and strong support for the African National Congress, a new Freedom House report concludes, based on extensive interviews with a cross-section of South Africans.
(Photo Credit: Terje S. Skjerdal)

Programs

In September 2012, Freedom House led an International Freedom of Expression Mission to South Africa in order to address ongoing concerns about the passage of the repressive Protection of State Information Bill and the implementation of a government-controlled Media Appeals Tribunal. T