Social Justice and Advocacy
- The 2018 Overcoming poverty and inequality in South Africa report says that geography remains a marker of poverty, demonstrating apartheid’s enduring legacy. In 2015, nearly 60% of the poor lived in rural areas. The Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo were consistently the poorest provinces between 2006 and 2015.
- The National Minimum Wage Bill was adopted by Parliament in mid-2018. Critique of the minimum wage includes that it is pitifully low, and that the Bill mainly protects workers in urban areas, since small businesses in rural areas may not be able to afford R3 500 a month per employee, thereby making these employees more vulnerable to job losses.
- Data collected by Municipal IQ – a data monitoring and intelligence service – recorded 144 major protests in the first half of 2018, compared to the total 173 demonstrations recorded in 2017. The worst affected provinces in the first half of 2018 were the Eastern Cape (20%), Gauteng (17%) and the Western Cape (15%).
- Corruption Watch, according to its latest annual report, received 5 334 reports of corruption in 2017 – an increase from the 4 391 reports received in 2016. The majority of reports were from Gauteng (46%), KwaZulu- Natal (13%) and the Western Cape (8%). Bribery was the most common form of corruption, constituting 27% of all reports in 2017.