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Public Interest Litigation

Public interest litigation is pursued when all other means of exacting accountability have failed, “lawfare” is often the only sustainable and viable option.

To date IFAISA has participated in:

  • Challenging the constitutionality of legislation which replaced the Scorpions with the Hawks when Bob Glenister’s legal team, led by IFAISA’s Paul Hoffman SC, saw to the reinstatement of an independent crime busting unit by South Africa’s Constitutional Court in a landmark judgment. Click here for more.
  • Litigation to compel the appointment of a commission of inquiry to investigate and expose wrongdoing and corruption related to the arms deals, which has been successful.
  • Complaints to the Public Protector concerning the SAPS leases in Pretoria and Durban and other aspects of the public administration in South Africa, both before and after 1994.
  • The challenge to the efficacy of the Dräger breathalyser focusing on road safety by using reliable and objective testing in order to have cogent evidence against those who break the law by drinking and driving.
  • The bread price-fixing class action.
  • Intervening in court cases as ‘a friend of the court’ (amicus curiae)These aspects help to correct deficiencies in governance.