Glenister Case

Details on the Glenister case where the Helen Suzman Foundation was amicus curiae. You can also download our Heads of Arguments and the Constitutional Court Judgment.

The HSF was admitted to the Constitutional Court as amicus curiae in 2011 in the case of Glenister v President of the Republic of South Africa and Others. The Court made two key findings: Firstly, that the Constitution, read with the various International treaties on corruption which South Africa is a signatory to, imposes a duty on the State to establish and maintain an independent body to combat corruption and organised crime. Secondly, that the creation of the Hawks does not meet the constitutional requirement of adequate independence, especially with regard to the risk of political influence and interference. Without the intervention of the HSF as amicus curiae, it is widely acknowledged that Glenister would not have been successful in his appeal.

Download the Heads of Argument and the Judgment