Paul Hoffman Lecture 20th March 2024

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This video was recorded on 20 March 2024 at the University of Stellenbosch. The lecturer, Paul Hoffman SC, spoke to the topic of “The international law ramifications of the Glenister litigation: in search for an effective and efficient anti-corruption machinery of state”.

Mr Hoffman is the Director and Head of Projects of The Institute for Accountability in Southern Africa, which campaigns as “Accountability Now” (Anow). It has long advocated the reform of the criminal justice administration in South Africa so that adequately independent, efficient and effective anti-corruption machinery of state is established as a bulwark against serious corruption, organised crime and state capture.

KAS supports the teaching of the history and prospects of anti-corruption reform in South Africa to students of law, politics, public administration and related fields. In 2024, Paul Hoffman SC travels to various universities in South Africa to lecture for students and staff on these topics. In support of this task, Hoffman’s materials relevant to the teaching of the topic is available in two KAS-funded books, both of which are available free of charge on the website of Anow:

• “Countering the Corrupt”…

• “Under the Swinging Arch”,…

These books are a useful free resource for those teaching on the subject matter they cover in the universities of South Africa and to other institutions concerned with the ravages of serious corruption with impunity that have challenged the constitutional project in South Africa.

At the centre of the fight against corruption in South Africa lies the Glenister litigation, which spanned the years between 2008 and 2014. It was aimed directly at sparing SA the ravages of serious corruption. It failed partially but succeeded in some important ways. Corruption is now regarded as a human rights issue in South African law and the obligation to honour treaty stipulations that require an independent anti-corruption entity has been cemented into the SA legal order by the Concourt. It set the criteria by which to measure compliance, known as the STIRS criteria: specialised, trained, independent, resourced in guaranteed fashion and secure in tenure of office. More information can be obtained at….

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