Leon Wessels matriculated at Hoërskool Monument,
Krugersdorp in 1963, received an LLB from the
University of Potchefstroom in 1972, LLM (cum laude)
in 1997 and LLD in 2001 from the Rand Afrikaans
He has been an Advocate of the High Court of South
Africa since 1973.
His political career spanned 22 years. He was a
Member of Parliament for Krugersdorp, Deputy
Minister of Law and Order, Deputy Minister of Foreign
Affairs, held numerous Cabinet positions including
Manpower, Planning, Provincial Affairs and National
Participated in the CODESA-Kempton Park negotiations
(1991-1994), served as Deputy Chairperson of the
Constitutional Assembly (1994-1996). Stepped down
from parliament and politics at the inception of the
final Constitution (December 1996).
Served as a Commissioner of the South African Human
Rights Commission between January 1999 and 30
September 2009. Was an Associate of the Institute for
the Reconciliation and Social Justice at the University
of the Free State and also Director of the Free State
Centre for Human Rights.
Is currently an Honorary Professor of Law, Department
of Public Law at the North-West University, a member
of the Constitutional Hill Trust (CHT) and the Council
for the Advancement of the South African Constitution
(CASAC) and legal advisor for Thusang Morwalo (paralegal
advice office in Kagiso).