HSF Briefs

Helen Suzman Foundation | Apr 08, 2015
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Liberalism and Identity Politics II – South Africa
Feb 19, 2015
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Charles Simkins

South Africa has been a segmented society for centuries. It still is. For example, marriages across ethnic and religious lines are relatively rare. Ethnic identities were crystallised into a system of racial classification by the apartheid state. This is a context in which identity politics might have had disastrous consequences and it was often predicted that apartheid would end in a general conflagration. Despite substantial political violence in the decade before 1994, this did not happen. For the last century and a half, infectious disease has been the more important killer. Deaths from AIDS in the opening few years of this century – some of which could have been avoided by more rapid roll out of treatment - exceeded all the mortality from war and political violence since 1850.

Liberalism and Identity Politics I – Conceptual and Global Issues
Feb 18, 2015
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Charles Simkins

Globally, the Cold War era has been succeeded by both the salience of market oriented economic development and the growth of identity politics. Understanding the relationship of liberalism and identity politics is a key issue for our time globally and specifically for understanding South African politics.

Press Release - The Unlawful Suspension of the National Head of the Hawks
Jan 23, 2015
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Helen Suzman Foundation

This morning judgment was handed down in the Pretoria High Court by Prinsloo J following an urgent application brought by the HSF in the wake of the suspension of the National Head of the Directorate of Priority Crimes Investigation ("the National Head") (“Hawks”). The HSF was of the view that this suspension was irregular, and that the Minister of Police (“Minister”) had acted unlawfully.

Suspension of the National Head of the Hawks
Jan 09, 2015
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Helen Suzman Foundation

The HSF has approached the High Court in Pretoria to declare invalid the suspension of the National Head of the Hawks and the appointment of an Acting Head.

Ignorance of the law is no excuse: A beginner’s guide…
Nov 21, 2014
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Chris Pieters

One consequence of the recent litigation engaged in by the HSF – involving the independence of the Hawks as well as the processes adopted in the appointment of judicial candidates – relates to a range of inquiries concerning the legal system and its processes. This Brief seeks to elucidate the legal processes that are followed.

THE DEPUTY PRESIDENT AND THE MINIMUM WAGE
Nov 10, 2014
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Charles Simkins

The minimum wage issue has been rumbling for some time. The Parliamentary Labour Committee has started hearings on the topic. Business Day reported on 5 November that the Deputy President will chair a committee on the issue which will include six Cabinet Ministers, among them the ministers of labour, economic development and finance. NEDLAC has been given the task of producing a report on the technical aspects of its introduction by July next year.

Plus ça Change, Plus c’est la Même Chose…?
Oct 13, 2014
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Chris Pieters

A considered view into the rights of persons in the context of South African common law over the last century, with emphasis placed on women's rights under the various systems.