South Africa

51 million people
6,690 USD GNI (PPP)
Internet:
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Press:
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News & Updates

In response to the latest violent attacks in South Africa against foreign nationals, this time in the eThekwini metro area, Freedom House issued the following statement: 

Issues: 
Human Rights Defense
Regions: 
Sub-Saharan Africa

With the release of a report on South African youths’ political participation, “Youth and Political Participation in South Africa’s Democracy,” Freedom House issued the following statement.

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

Behind a smokescreen of noninterference, the leading democracies of the global south—Brazil, India, Indonesia, and South Africa—have been weak ambassadors for spreading freedom abroad.

Issues: 
Democratic Governance, Elections
Regions: 
Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia-Pacific, Americas

The world’s leading democracies have a poor record of responding to the rise of authoritarianism in their own regions, according to a Freedom House report released today.

Issues: 
Democratic Governance, Human Rights Defense, U.S. Foreign Policy
Regions: 
Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Americas

Signature Reports

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