The Helen Suzman Foundation has submitted comments on the Civilian Secretariat for Police’s Green Paper on Policing. The GP fails to provide either “concrete policy principles” or “targeted solutions to specific crimes”, beyond what could be considered a “broad policy thrust”. While the HSF understands that a fully-fledged discussion of policy is not the purpose of the GP, the GP must be built upon a solid base. This means appropriate care in argument and sufficient detail to allow a constructive discussion around policy.
On 20 December 2013 the Helen Suzman Foundation sent a submission on the Traditional Affairs Bill to the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs. Our submission raised a number of issues including the proper delegation of state power, the problem of improperly constituted traditional councils, the Minister's wide discretionary powers, and the issues around chiefly power.
A consequence of the Glenister judgment is the Government’s obligation to draft legislation to abide with the Court’s ruling. It did this by drafting the South African Police Services Amendment Bill. The HSF made a detailed submission to Government in response to the Bill. In summary, our analysis argues that the Bill does not meet the requirements of the Constitution and the Court, in particular that the Hawks (or its successor) cannot remain within the purview of the police.
The Foundation has just completed its submission to the National Council of Provinces on the Protection of State Information Bill. The premise for the Foundation’s submission relies on the belief that there is a growing conviction that the Bill has been driven by narrow political interests instead of considering the broader societal interests of South Africa as a country, particularly when the issues at hand have the potential to seriously alter relations between the state, its different levels of government and citizens.
On 30 June, the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) submitted comments in response to the Draft Guidelines for Participation and the Draft Statement of Issues by the Competition Commission’s Market Inquiry into the private Healthcare sector.
On 30 June, the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) submitted comments in response to the Draft Guidelines for Participation and the Draft Statement of Issues by the Competition Commission’s Market Inquiry into the private Healthcare sector
Submission to the National Treasury: Evaluation of the Draft Demarcation Regulations Applicable to the Short- and Long-term Insurance Acts (7 July 2014)
Presentation on 'Health insurance products' by Alex Van Den Heever for the 15th Annual BHF Southern African Conference (24-27 August 2014)