Press Releases

Helen Suzman Foundation | Apr 25, 2012
Press Releases and Statements submitted by the Helen Suzman Foundation.
The Helen Suzman Foundation responds to Government’s comments on the passing of the Hawks Bill
May 24, 2012
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Helen Suzman Foundation

The Helen Suzman Foundation notes that the National Assembly has passed the South African Police Services Amendment Bill, aimed at complying with the Constitutional Court's judgment in the Glenister case. In Glenister, the Court declared chapter 6A of the SAPS act, which established the Hawks, to be invalid and unconstitutional for failing to provide the Hawks with adequate independence to effectively fight corruption.

SAPS Amendment Bill Reorganising the Hawks
Mar 27, 2012
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Helen Suzman Foundation

The Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) has made its written submission to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee for the Police on the South African Police Service (SAPS) Amendment Bill aimed at restructuring the Hawks. The HSF has been involved in this process since 2008 when we presented to Parliament opposing the dissolution of the Scorpions.

Budget 2012/2013 - Comment
Feb 23, 2012
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Helen Suzman Foundation

Minister Gordhan’s 2012 Budget is very much set against the backdrop of the struggling global economy. In his speech on Wednesday the Minister took the opportunity to remark that, despite recent developments, Greece’s problems (and, by implication, the problems of South Africa’s biggest trading partner, the European Union) are far from over.

Response to COSATU’s Health Care expectations for the State of the Nation Address 2012
Feb 08, 2012
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Helen Suzman Foundation

The Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) expresses its concern at the recently expressed expectations by COSATU made in anticipation of the State of the Nation Address on the proposed National Health Insurance Scheme. The HSF agrees with COSATU’s recognition of the poor quality of care in the public health system, but believes that it is premature to demand the implementation of the National Health Insurance scheme as it stands in the Green Paper released in August last year.

Secrecy Bill and Tyranny
Nov 22, 2011
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Helen Suzman Foundation

The Helen Suzman Foundation wishes to make public its outrage at the passing of the Protection of State Information Bill. This marks a low point in South Africa’s transition to democracy. It represents a significant step backwards in the long walk to freedom to which so many South Africans have devoted their lives.

Statement on the Release of the National Health Insurance Green Paper
Aug 12, 2011
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Helen Suzman Foundation

The mission of the Helen Suzman Foundation is to defend the values that underpin our liberal constitutional democracy and to promote respect for human rights. The Foundation works from the premise that health provision represents one of South Africa’s key human rights issues. Section 27 of the Constitution states that “Everyone has the right to have access to health care services, including reproductive health care; […and that] no one may be refused emergency medical treatment”.

Statement on Pravin Gordhan's 2011 National Budget Speech
Feb 13, 2011
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Helen Suzman Foundation

Minister Gordhan’s second Budget confirms his status as a pragmatic realist. The Budget contains no major shocks, but there are some surprises. It is a prudent budget insofar as there is full recognition that the effects of the Great Recession are still with us. There is also a recognition that the global economy is changing and that South Africa needs to align its national interests to these changes.