The South African Constitution and the human-rights obligations of juristic persons
Author Bonita Meyersfeld
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.