SECTION27’s “Our Week Ahead” is an attempt to share with the public, the media and our partners some of our plans and activities for the week – we hope it will give you a glimpse into our world and encourage you to join us on our journey.

This week, we commemorate World AIDS Day, and while we may take a moment to celebrate how far we have come, we must remember that we still have a long way to go. There are still hundreds of people dying everyday due to HIV related illnesses, one HIV related death, is one too many. We pay homage to all activists across the world who continue to fight, not just for themselves but for future generations. We pay a special tribute to our Comrades at the Treatment Action Campaign.

SECTION27 celebrated the news that the #BopheloHouse94 have been acquitted and cleared of all charges. The case that had dragged on for nearly two years set an important precedent for the right to protest and for the right to gather in a democratic South Africa. We are incredibly proud of the #BopheloHouse94 and the Treatment Action Campaign who were steadfast in their fight for justice and to our legal team who worked tirelessly to ensure the freedom of the CHWs. You can read the judgement here.

SECTION27 clarifies its position on Life Esidimeni

Since November 2015 SECTION27 has continued to provide legal support to the families whose loved ones were discharged from the Life Esidimeni mental health care facilities following its closure on 30 June 2016. This includes support to the investigations underway into the deaths of at least 36 former residents of Life Esidimeni, to ascertain the circumstances of these deaths. These patients all died after being moved to various NGOs or to their families.

We have referred the deaths of all patients to the South African Police (in accordance with the Inquests Act 58 of 1959) so that these deaths may be investigated and referred for prosecution or a judicial inquest. We have followed up with the Gauteng Provincial Police Commissioner and other relevant officers multiple times to ensure that these investigations and referrals take place so that the circumstances surrounding these deaths may be urgently established. It is urgent that the police comply with their legal obligations in terms of the Inquests Act.



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What we do

Basic Education

One of SECTION27′s priority areas is the right to basic education guaranteed by Section 29...

Public Health Care

We are working for better quality and more affordable public and private health care systems...

Private Health Care

We are working for better quality and more affordable and private health care systems...

Rule of Law

We are working to ensure that the conduct of relevant organs of state and of those who exercise...