South Africa
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The Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture continued to hear testimonies regarding allegations of “state capture” under former president Jacob Zuma’s government after he was removed from office in February 2018 by the ruling African National Congress (ANC). Profound inequalities remain in the country, further undermining economic, social and cultural rights, including health services with shortage of medicines like ARVs for people living with HIV/AIDS. Drought, exacerbated by climate change, continued to threaten the right to livelihoods for millions, as food prices, driven by fuel increases, continued to rise throughout the year.

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Death penalty status

Abolitionist for all crimes

Does not use the death penalty


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