HSF briefs

Helen Suzman Foundation | Apr 08, 2015

The South African Electoral System
Mar 20, 2014
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
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
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
Luke von der Heyde

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

Rivonia Primary School Case
Oct 17, 2013
Sarah Tobin

This brief provides a breakdown of the events leading up to the Rivonia Primary School case and a brief analysis on what the outcome of the case means for schools. 17 October 2013