n Lesotho Law Journal - Capacity and effectiveness of selected National Human Rights Institutions in South Africa - research

Volume 26 Number 2
  • ISSN : 0255-6472


The paper comments on the operations of selected cases of Chapter 9 institutions that are empowered by the South African constitution to operationalize human rights. It discusses their capacity/effectiveness on the basis of how they have acquired and continue to entrench their legitimacy through a sound constitutional foundation, quality of staff, caseload and complaints monitoring. Moreover, issues of jurisdiction, meant to relation form to function, most especially programmes and accessibility are also discussed. The paper concludes that despite progressive intention of their founding law the performance of these institutions still remains a work in progress.

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