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Dr. Leon Wessels

Wrong Dr. Leon Wessels?


Email: l***@***.za
Local Address:  South Africa
South African Human Rights Commission
Johannesburg ,


Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    SA Human Rights Commission


  • LLB
    University of Potchefstroom
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Web References
Promise of Leadership sessions focus on leaving a legacy in Africa – Nelson Mandela Foundation, 15 Aug 2014 [cached]
The panel comprised of the executive director of the Foundation for Human Rights Yasmin Sooka, ALI Fellow Professor Yemi Osinbajo and Leon Wessels from the South African Human Rights Commission, with ALI Fellow Raenette Taljaard moderating the session.
Wessels said you have to look back at the past, "look the demon in the eye", before moving into the future, without being a captive of that past.
Leon Wessels - commissioner, South African Human Rights Commission
Governanace Project- 2002-PASSIA [cached]
Speaker(s): Leon Wessels, Advocate, Member of the South African Human Rights Commission, South Africa
The task team included SA Human ..., 6 April 2014 [cached]
The task team included SA Human Rights Commission member Leon Wessels, NWU human rights committee chairwoman Rehana Rawat, political analyst Somadoda Fikeni, and nuclear power expert Bismark Tyobeka.
Leon Wessels, the SAHRC's ..., 25 Sept 2008 [cached]
Leon Wessels, the SAHRC's commissioner, said that the state had not discharged its responsibility in terms of the constitution once it put people in houses.
"It's important to try to assist people who do have houses to keep them in their houses," he said.
"Local authorities have a greater role to play in this regard and need to be more active in the process to ensure the elderly, children and the homeless have alternative accommodation."
However, Wessels stressed that the objective of the SAHRC hearings and the release of the report was not to "name and shame" but rather to be constructive.
He said the biggest challenge was to get major stakeholders to grapple with the issues raised in the report, because poor people could not stand up to political, economic or any other kind of power unless they were assisted.
MANDELA: An Audio History | The Stories, 17 Aug 2014 [cached]
LEON WESSELSFrom the 1970s on, Leon Wessels was a prominent white political activist. He initiated dialogue between the Afrikaans "Studentebond" and the predominantly black South African Students Organization. Wessels was central to the post-apartheid negotiation process and was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Constituent Assembly, which was responsible for writing a new constitution for South Africa.
ERIK VAN EESErik Van Ees was a South African journalist who wrote for the foreign press. He was one of a handful of journalists who were invited to visit Robben Island in 1977.
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