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The South African Constituional Court decision to require President Jacob Zuma and the National Assembly to obey orders by the Public Protector marks a significant victory for accountability.

Freedom House urges the South African government to conduct a rapid and thorough investigation of the raid on the Helen Suzman Foundation, a human rights NGO in South Africa.

Project Director, Southern Africa

By pulling out of the International Criminal Court, South Africa will give up any opportunity to influence the tribunal’s future development.

sudanese sudan president omar al-Bashir

In response to South Africa’s failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity, Freedom Hous

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Project Director, Southern Africa
Senior Director for Program Strategy, Development and Learning and Director for Central, East and West Africa Programs


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Strengthening participation of young people in South Africa's electoral and democratic processes

The political parties vary in impressions as to the specificity (or not) of issues that concern the youth. The issues are both substantive (concerning aspects of public policy and government action) and procedural (relevant to participation in elections and politics). Parties strive to expand their use of social media. However, the diverse demographic backgrounds of their supporters dictate that they will use a mix of traditional media (pamphlets, newsletters, speeches, door-to-door grassroots visits), intermediary electronic media (SMS and email), and social or new media (Twitter, Facebook, Mxit, WhatsApp, Google broadcasts, podcasts).

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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