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Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (Act No. 108 of 1996)

Chapter 9 - State Institutions Supporting Constitutional Democracy

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184. Functions of South African Human Rights Commission

 

 

1) The South African Human Rights Commission must :
a) promote respect for human rights and a culture of human rights;
b) promote the protection, development and attainment of human rights; and
c) monitor and assess the observance of human rights in the Republic.

 

2) The South African Human Rights Commission has the powers, as regulated by national legislation, necessary to perform its functions, including the power :
a) to investigate and to report on the observance of human rights;
b) to take steps to secure appropriate redress where human rights have been violated;
c) to carry out research; and
d) to educate.

 

3) Each year, the South African Human Rights Commission must require relevant organs of state to provide the Commission with information on the measures that they have taken towards the realisation of the rights in the Bill of Rights concerning housing, health care, food, water, social security, education and the environment.

 

4) The South African Human Rights Commission has the additional powers and functions prescribed by national legislation.