The Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) expresses its concern at the recently expressed expectations by COSATU made in anticipation of the State of the Nation Address on the proposed National Health Insurance Scheme. The HSF agrees with COSATU’s recognition of the poor quality of care in the public health system, but believes that it is premature to demand the implementation of the National Health Insurance scheme as it stands in the Green Paper released in August last year.
The Helen Suzman Foundation wishes to make public its outrage at the passing of the Protection of State Information Bill. This marks a low point in South Africa’s transition to democracy. It represents a significant step backwards in the long walk to freedom to which so many South Africans have devoted their lives.
It is with regret that the Helen Suzman Foundation informs you of the death of its former director, Lawrence Schlemmer.
The Helen Suzman Foundation welcomes the announcement that the President will appoint an inquiry into allegations of wrongdoing in the Arms Deal.
The mission of the Helen Suzman Foundation is to defend the values that underpin our liberal constitutional democracy and to promote respect for human rights. The Foundation works from the premise that health provision represents one of South Africa’s key human rights issues. Section 27 of the Constitution states that “Everyone has the right to have access to health care services, including reproductive health care; […and that] no one may be refused emergency medical treatment”.
The Helen Suzman Foundation welcomes the judgement in the case of Glenister v the President of the Republic of South Africa and Others. The Helen Suzman Foundation was admitted as an amicus curiae in this matter.