The South African Constitution and the human-rights obligations of juristic persons

Author Bonita Meyersfeld

ISSN: 1996-2177
Affiliations: Associate Professor of Law, University of the Witwatersrand
Source: South African Law Journal, Volume 137 Issue 3, p. 439-478


The South African Bill of Rights binds both state actors and, in certain cases, natural  and juristic persons. Horizontality extends the ambit of the Constitution beyond  the regulation of the state, to include private persons. This article proposes that in  certain circumstances horizontality may include situations where private persons,  in particular, juristic persons, are required to commit financially to the fulfilment of the  socio-economic rights of indigent people.