Latest from the IRR

Press Release: By-elections show ANC losing support - 25 January 2011.

The last few years have seen the African National Congress (ANC) lose 38 wards in local government by-elections, while the Democratic Alliance (DA) gained 24, according to the latest South Africa Survey, published this week by the South African Institute of Race Relations in Johannesburg.

Press Release: More and more taxpayers of all kinds - 24 January 2011.

The total number of registered individual taxpayers in South Africa grew from 3.4 million in 2002/03 to 5.9 million in 2009/10, an increase of 73%. This is according to the latest South Africa Survey, published by the South African Institute of Race Relations in Johannesburg this week.

Press Release: Murder more rife in rural areas - 19 January 2011.

A person in South Africa has the highest likelihood of being murdered in the Cacadu District municipality of the Eastern Cape, sexually assaulted in the Xhariep District of the Free State, violently robbed personally or at their business premises in the City of Johannesburg, and is most vulnerable to attack if they own a home in the Metsweding District of Gauteng, according to the South African Institute of Race Relations.

Media Release: Institute backs COSATU on civil society initiative - 21st November 2010

The CEO of the South African Institute of Race Relations, John Kane-Berman, has spoken out in defence of efforts by the Congress of South African Trade Unions to promote the role of civil society organizations in the country. COSATU came in for considerable criticism from both the African National Congress (ANC) and the South African Communist Party (SACP) after inviting a group of civil society organizations to a meeting in Boksburg in October. Kane-Berman has described the criticism directed at COSATU as “Stalinism straight and simple”.

Media Release: Statement by the South African Institute of Race Relations: Police 'out of touch with reality' over Gugulethu murder - 16th November 2010.

As international and local media agencies have reported a British national and his wife were attacked in the township of Gugulethu on the urban periphery of Cape Town while honeymooning in the city. The couple were kidnapped by armed robbers and the wife was later found murdered. In response to media coverage the South African Police Force has released a statement expressing shock at the murder.