South Africa is a constitutional democracy. Since the end of apartheid in 1994, it has been regarded globally as a proponent of human rights and a leader on the African continent. However, in recent years, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) has been accused of undermining state institutions in order to protect corrupt officials and preserve its power as its support base began to wane. In 2018, a widely respected anticorruption commission began hearing testimony about high-level corruption allegations.
Our Work in South Africa
Freedom House’s Promoting Civic Education and Participation in South Africa program seeks to strengthen the ability of civil society and community-based organizations to conduct civic education activities in their communities and to support their efforts to strengthen citizen participation in political processes. The program aims to facilitate engagement between citizens and their local and national representatives, increasing the use of tools that improve citizens’ ability to hold government officials accountable.
Freedom in the World — South Africa Country Report
South Africa is rated Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.
Freedom on the Net— South Africa Country Report
South Africa is rated Free in Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe.
- 2019 South Africa Country Report
- 2020 Country Report — Coming Soon!
How to Protect Both Public Health and Privacy
April 6, 2020
South Africa: Authorities Must Improve Treatment of Refugees and Asylum Seekers
January 14, 2020
Bridging the Gap between South Africa’s Lofty Ideals and Violent Reality
October 10, 2019
South Africa: Freedom House Applauds US Sanctions on Gupta Family for Corruption
October 9, 2019
Unsteady as She Goes: South Africa under Cyril Ramaphosa
June 19, 2019
South Africa Assumes Seat on UN Security Council
January 1, 2019