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Agang (Build SA)

Mamphela Ramphele has announced her entry to the political arena and intention to contest the 2014 elections. In her speech at Constitution Hill on 18 February, she raised many issues where she felt that South Africa was falling well short of its potential and where the government was failing the people.

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I am scared of the police

South Africa, still reeling from Oscar Pistorius, has made international headlines again with horrific footage of Daveyton police dragging taxi driver Mido Macia behind their vehicle for the five hundred metres to the police station, where (according the inmates) they spent the next 2 hours beating, kicking and bludgeoning him to death.

Even before being exposed to this truly hideous footage, 35% of South Africans interviewed for futurefact in 2012 admitted to being “scared of the police”. This was particularly true of lower socio-economic groups where this went as high as 40%.

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Hey Teacher

Hey teacher ... DON’T leave them kids alone ..  they DO need an education

According to Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, truant teachers were absent for close to 7.5 million days last year.

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Corruption: Fighting Back

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe’s announcement that the “rotten apples” in our public service will be named and shamed is likely to be well received by the public these individuals are meant to be serving. He announced: “In the next few days we will be publishing the names of people who have been convicted in cases of corruption and all those whose assets have either been frozen or have been forfeited to the state”.

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The Big O

In light of the media frenzy over international sporting icon Oscar Pistorius, we checked the futurefact database to see how South Africans feel about shooting people who have “broken into” your home. Since the futurefact survey was conducted last year we didn’t ask about who the person you shot at might be and whether there was any mistake in the identity of the ‘intruder’.