HSF briefs

Helen Suzman Foundation | Apr 08, 2015
Parliament Clarifies ‘Motion of No Confidence’ Rules
Mar 20, 2014
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Kameel Premhid

With the release of the Public Protector’s Nkandla Report, questions will arise concerning a possible ‘motion of impeachment’. It is important that Parliament clarifies how ‘motions of no confidence’ should work in light of the Constitutional Court’s Mazibuko ruling.

RIP: SADC Tribunal
Mar 20, 2014
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Kameel Premhid

The latest ruling by the African Commission of Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) -that no individual can access the SADC Tribunal as a means of recourse in a dispute with a member state may well be the death blow for that institution. This Brief explains why this is the case.

The South African Electoral System
Mar 20, 2014
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Wim Louw

This is the first in a series of Briefs dealing with elections in South Africa. This Brief unpacks some of the main components of the South African General Elections.

SAPS Amendment Act Case: Confirmation Proceedings and Application for Leave to Appeal
Feb 21, 2014
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Luke von der Heyde

In December 2013, the HSF received favourable judgement in the case of Helen Suzman Foundation v President of the Republic of South Africa and Others. The case involved the HSF’s on-going engagement with the establishment of independent policing and prosecutorial bodies that are sufficiently protected from political interference. The full bench of the Western Cape High Court found certain sections of the SAPS Amendment Act 2012 (the “Amendment Act”) to be unconstitutional to the extent that they undermine the structural and operational independence of the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI – also known as "the Hawks"). The HSF maintains that independent anti-corruption units are a vital part of the institutional State apparatus in South Africa and welcomes the unanimous judgement of the High Court.

Report back: Roundtable on Equity and Redress
Feb 11, 2014
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Amy Meyer

The first 2014 Roundtable on Equity and Redress took place on February 6th. The event was chaired by the director of the Helen Suzman Foundation, Francis Antonie, and featured Lindiwe Mazibuko, Songezo Zibi and Eusebius McKaiser. This brief summarises some of the main themes of the evening.

Report back: The NDP Roundtable
Nov 07, 2013
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Luke von der Heyde

This brief provides a summary of the HSF’s recent roundtable on the National Development Plan.