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.