September’s annual CPI figure is up slightly from 4,9% in August and 4,6% in July. This represents the fifth consecutive month with annual inflation above the 4,5% midpoint set by South African Reserve Bank’s monetary policy.
The investigative watchdog group, Viewfinder, has released an online database of complaints (various forms of police brutality, corruption, death in custody, rape) registered against the South African police between April 2012 and March 2020. Users can filter by province, police station, type of complaint, or even by individual cases. Overall, the data “demonstrates that police officers implicated in violent crimes routinely escape accountability.” Of the over 47,000 registered cases in the database, fewer than 200 resulted in dismissals following disciplinary hearings, and approximately 300 cases resulting in criminal convictions leading to actual prison time.
Viewfinder is an accountability journalism project in South Africa doing “long term investigations into abuses of power which impact on the public interest.”
The United Nations body , the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its report, Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis, ahead of the G20 summit meeting in Glasgow, Scotland. The IPCC was created to provide policymakers with regular scientific assessments on climate change, its implications and potential future risks, as well as to put forward adaptation and mitigation options.
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The Constitutional Court has struck down a section of the police act which allows for warrantless searches in cordoned off areas. This particular case arose after police conducted raids on people living in high-rise blocks in downtown Johannesburg. While ostensibly the warrantless raids in these high crime areas was billed as effort to round up criminals, it is thought that they were in fact a police effort to target and harass undocumented immigrants.
National Treasury has proposed a family grant that would replace the R350 Covid Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant. The new grant would be paid to heads of households. Civil society organisations lamented their lack of input into the government’s proposal, calling it "secretive" and "closed door." On 28 October a civil society coalition including the Black Sash, #PayTheGrants and the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute condemned the proposed grant as "anti-poor" because it would exclude millions from having basic income support. Furthermore, organisations argue that paying the grant through heads of household will only "worsen gender power imbalances" and would be "administratively impossible to implement effectively".