HSF briefs

By Charles Simkins
Sep 30, 2014

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Just who is undermining Parliament?

"[T]he NEC noted the extent to which Parliamentary processes have descended into chaos and the unruly offensive on the ANC in Parliament, Parliament itself and on democracy in our country. Hooliganism and insult are at unprecedented levels and are unfortunately being defined as a tool of engagement. The decorum and dignity of Parliament as an institution is being dragged through the mud under the cover of the right to be robust." - Statement of the ANC National Executive Committee following meeting held 21-29 September 2014

By Charles Simkins
Sep 23, 2014

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Let a Hundred Black Industrialists Bloom

For some time now, the creation of a hundred black industrialists has been on the government’s agenda. It was discussed at the National Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Summit in October 2013. Last month, the Deputy Minister of Trade Industry, Mzwandile Masina, announced that it was to be done in the next three years.

By Chris Pieters
Sep 17, 2014

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The Public Protector - a Jewel in South Africa's Constitutional Crown

The Office of the Public Protector is not beyond review or criticism. But there is an important line that needs to be drawn beyond which criticism can degenerate into abuse whether of the incumbent or the office. This brief seeks to elucidate that very line.

By Kameel Premhid
Sep 17, 2014

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Barnard Case - a Missed Opportunity

The recent judgment of the Constitutional Court (CC) in the matter of South African Police Service v Solidarity obo Barnard [2014] ZACC 23 is noteworthy, not for what the application managed to achieve but, rather, for what it failed to.

By Kameel Premhid
Sep 09, 2014

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The SADC Tribunal's Disappointing Rebirth

The adoption of the newest SADC Tribunal Protocol has sought to rebirth the Tribunal after a long gestation period where it underwent significant review. The latest manifestation indicates that the region’s efforts at taking the rule of law, and regional integration, seriously are nothing short of being stillborn

By Charles Simkins
Sep 09, 2014

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The Distribution of Income and the Distribution of Wealth Part II – Guidelines

The facts about income distribution in South Africa were set out in a previous brief. Here the focus will be on ways to think about it. Five guidelines are proposed.