Basic Education for All (BEFA) and SECTION27 condemn the heavy-handed actions of members of the police in barring our members from entering the Limpopo Provincial Legislature in Lebowakgomo today

Members of the BEFA executive team and concerned parents wished to attend the Limpopo Education MEC’s budget speech but were prevented from doing so by two policemen, despite initially being given permission by the registrars. The police told our members that they could not enter the legislature with camera equipment and posters. After the complying with the request to leave these items in the car, our members were refused entry.

The provincial legislature is a public space, open to anyone to attend. Police actions in this case are a violation of rights conferred in section 16 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa which guarantees the right to freedom of expression. The stand-off lasted just over an hour during which the police continued to refuse our members entry on the basis that they had been instructed to do so but it is unclear from whom the instruction came. The posters carried by our members were later confiscated.

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Legal literacy is an essential tool of rights-based struggles. Legal literacy seeks to empower people and communities without any formal legal training to know and understand the law and its impact, so that they can engage and apply the law in a manner that improves the quality of their lives. This is the purpose of the Basic Education Rights Handbook. It aims to empower communities, school governing bodies, principals, teachers and learners to understand education law and policy, and to know when learners’ rights have been violated and what steps are required to protect those rights. For copies please send an email to info@section27.org.za. Free of charge for schools. For corporates and individuals, we request a small donation of R150 to cover printing and shipping costs. Please email us for information.

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