HSF briefs

By Kameel Premhid
Mar 20, 2014

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RIP: SADC Tribunal

The latest ruling by the African Commission of Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) -that no individual can access the SADC Tribunal as a means of recourse in a dispute with a member state may well be the death blow for that institution. This Brief explains why this is the case.

By Wim Louw
Mar 20, 2014

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The South African Electoral System

This is the first in a series of Briefs dealing with elections in South Africa. This Brief unpacks some of the main components of the South African General Elections.

By Luke von der Heyde
Feb 21, 2014

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SAPS Amendment Act Case: Confirmation Proceedings and Application for Leave to Appeal

In December 2013, the HSF received favourable judgement in the case of Helen Suzman Foundation v President of the Republic of South Africa and Others. The case involved the HSF’s on-going engagement with the establishment of independent policing and prosecutorial bodies that are sufficiently protected from political interference. The full bench of the Western Cape High Court found certain sections of the SAPS Amendment Act 2012 (the “Amendment Act”) to be unconstitutional to the extent that they undermine the structural and operational independence of the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI – also known as "the Hawks"). The HSF maintains that independent anti-corruption units are a vital part of the institutional State apparatus in South Africa and welcomes the unanimous judgement of the High Court.

By Amy Meyer
Feb 11, 2014

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Report back: Roundtable on Equity and Redress

The first 2014 Roundtable on Equity and Redress took place on February 6th. The event was chaired by the director of the Helen Suzman Foundation, Francis Antonie, and featured Lindiwe Mazibuko, Songezo Zibi and Eusebius McKaiser. This brief summarises some of the main themes of the evening.

By Luke von der Heyde
Nov 21, 2013

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Report back: The 2013 Helen Suzman Memorial Lecture

This brief provides a summary of the 2013 Helen Suzman Memorial Lecture delivered by Justice Zakeria Mohammed Yacoob.

By Luke von der Heyde
Nov 07, 2013

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Report back: The NDP Roundtable

This brief provides a summary of the HSF’s recent roundtable on the National Development Plan.