Introduction to the Helen Suzman Foundation Justice Project
The Helen Suzman Foundation is guided by the principles enshrined in the Constitution, and a strong belief in the rule of law -- this has led the HSF to take up a number of initiatives as part of our Justice project.
Funded by the Open Society Foundation For South Africa, this project explores the justice system to identify problem areas and propose strategic interventions to enhance the delivery of justice. The HSF has successfully hosted three symposia which examined the civil justice system, criminal justice system and constitutional jurisprudence.
Submissions and Litigation
The HSF has made written and oral submissions to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) ad hoc Committee regarding the Protection of State Information Bill, and submissions to the Standing Committee on the South African Police Service Amendment Bill. The HSF has also submitted comments to the Civilian Secretariat for Police, on the Policing Green Paper.
The HSF was admitted to the Constitutional Court as amicus curiae in 2011 in the landmark case of Glenister v President of the Republic of South Africa and Others. The HSF challenged the legitimacy of the 2008 National Prosecuting Authority Amendment (Act 56 of 2008) and the South African Police Service Amendment Act (Act 57 of 2008).
More recently, the HSF has also launched legal action against the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) in order to clarify the procedure and decision-making process relating to the nomination of persons for judicial office.
Read more about our initiatives and interventions in the boxes on the right.