oa Crime Research in South Africa - The Bill of Rights in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa and its application within the criminal justice system



The intention of this article is to gain familiarity with the phenomenon of victim rights. This is to be attained by reviewing the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, (Act 108 of 1996) especially Chapter 2, which deals with Human Rights and its operation within the criminal justice system. In the process, the researcher will strive to confirm the viewpoint held by Nelken (1994:78) that, while the broader notion of human rights was central in the phase of resistance against apartheid, these norms are not easily translatable during social reconstruction where the narrow notion of human rights seems to work better.


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