HSF briefs

Helen Suzman Foundation | Apr 08, 2015
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.

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

The Disaster Management Act is the legislation through which the Minister has effected the current lockdown. In this brief, the purpose and limits of the powers afforded to the executive by the Disaster Act are considered, and it is explained that despite their exceptional nature, these powers must be interpreted and exercised consistently with the transformative vision articulated in the first brief.

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

Matthew Kruger argues that the purpose and process by which Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has locked South Africa down is unconstitutional. In this first brief, it is explained that the state, in all that it does, has a constitutional duty to respect, protect, promote and fulfill the transformative vision that suffuses the whole constitutional order.