HSF briefs

Helen Suzman Foundation | Apr 08, 2015
Moral Laws IV: Abortion
Nov 28, 2019
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Lee-Anne Germanos

Abortion, not unlike sex work, is an age old subject which has been criminalised and decriminalised over the centuries. Like both sex work and drugs, abortion is a moral issue which debate has, in recent years (relatively speaking), taken a legal undertone by introducing the question of when life actually begins, with implications for the view that termination of pregnancy is equivalent to murder.

Moral Laws III: Drugs
Nov 28, 2019
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Lee-Anne Germanos

Like the first two briefs on sex work in this ‘Moral Laws’ series, the stigmatisation of drug dependent users as outcasts and criminals is based on a particular morality. Unfortunately, once again, this has played the key role in our government’s (and the world’s) handling, at least until recently, of the drug problem – viewing it as a criminal justice issue as opposed to a health problem.

Moral Laws II: Sex work - The Arguments
Nov 28, 2019
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Lee-Anne Germanos

This brief is the second brief of a series of four. This brief lays out the arguments for the status quo and for a reform of the system. It also discusses a possible solution to the legislative problem, in the form of a midway position. The third brief will deal with drug use and the fourth with abortion.

Moral Laws I: Sex work - History and current status
Nov 28, 2019
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Lee-Anne Germanos

This brief is the first of a series of four. It deals with legislation about the sex trade in South Africa The second brief lays out the arguments for the status quo and for a reform of the system. The second brief also discusses a possible solution to the legislative problem, in the form of a midway position. The third brief will deal with drug use and the fourth with abortion.

Lindela And South Africa’s Defective Deportation Regime
Nov 15, 2019
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Tove van Lennep

What is going on at the Bosasa-run Lindela Repatriation Centre - South Africa's single specialised holding facility for irregular immigrants awaiting deportation? This brief investigates the country's notorious deportation regime and its custodians – the South African Police Service, the Department of Home Affairs and Bosasa.