HSF briefs

By Charles Simkins
Jun 29, 2017

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE I - DEFINITIONAL ISSUES

This is the first brief in a series of three. It deals with definitional issues. The second brief will be an annotated bibliography of international comparative data on domestic violence, and the third will look specifically at the situation in South Africa

By Michelle Toxopeüs
Jun 27, 2017

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The secret ballot judgment: A power to be exercised and seasoned with rationality

This brief looks at the relevance of rationality in the Speaker’s determination of the procedure to be followed in a vote of no confidence, as set out by the Constitutional Court in a recent judgment.

By Anton van Dalsen
Jun 23, 2017

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Judicial overreach: a purely South African phenomenon?

Much has been said recently in South Africa on whether courts were interfering in the realm of the executive. This brief by Anton van Dalsen shows that this discussion doesn't just take place here.

By Anton van Dalsen
Jun 22, 2017

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The Public Protector’s Bankorp Report

This brief by Anton van Dalsen is intended to provide more detail on the recent Public Protector’s report and on some very disturbing aspects that it contains.

By Charles Simkins
Jun 21, 2017

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AGAINST ECONOMIC RECKLESSNESS IV – IS THE GROUND BEING PREPARED FOR FISCAL AND MONETARY POLICY ADVENTURES?

This brief by Charles Simkins considers the possibility of a radical fiscal stimulus to the economy and the Public Protector’s proposed amendment to Section 224 of the Constitution, which deals with the primary objective of the Reserve Bank. It argues that neither is appropriate and that their implementation would do serious damage to the economy.

By Charles Collocott
Jun 14, 2017

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THE PUBLIC INVESTMENT CORPORATION AND THE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES PENSION FUND - AN OVERVIEW

This Brief by Charles Collocott considers the overall structures of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) and Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF), with a focus on transparency and the framework within which they invest. The need for transparency has been highlighted since the PIC invested over R 1 billion in Independent Media in 2013. The framework for investment is of particular interest since the National Treasury has recently stated that the PIC could possibly become the equity partner in loss-making South African Airways.