HSF Briefs

Helen Suzman Foundation | Apr 08, 2015
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Lives and Livelihoods
Jun 01, 2020
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Matthew Kruger

In this brief, Matthew Kruger writes about the detrimental impact, on freedom and politics, of any law or policy that overemphasises risk and safety.

COVID-19: Opportunities and challenges for the water, sanitation and hygiene sector
May 28, 2020
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Nhlanhla Mnisi

Disasters are undesirable events; but, if managed well, they can be catalysts for beneficial systematic change. The necessity for efficacy in COVID-19 pandemic has helped give renewed priority to the need for providing WASH services to acutely vulnerable communities. While some communities have benefited from these interventions for others it remains a distant dream.

Why so violent?
May 28, 2020
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Lee-Anne Germanos

In a time before the pandemic, South Africa could easily have been classed among the most violent societies. As a nation in lockdown, we are now informed that our rate of violent crime has decreased by up to 87% in some categories during the month of April. Conversely, the abuse of power by police officials has increased by 32% during the same month, according to IPID. We are all too aware that the conditions that have provided for this drastic drop in violent crime are temporary. So the question to be asked remains: why are we so violent?

The Lockdown Is Unconstitutional - Part III
May 08, 2020
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Matthew Kruger

The series concludes by arguing that the purpose for and process by which the powers under the Disaster Act have been exercised are unlawful and irrational, for they are structured by a near-total, comprehensive failure by government to understand what the Constitution is all about.