“There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountain tops of our desires.” – Nelson Mandela, 21 September 1953
JOHANNESBURG – South Africa is today at a crossroads. The charging of Pravin Gordhan with fraud threatens to pitch us into a political and economic crisis which will cause untold pain, new poverty and inequality. At SECTION27, our work leads us to be daily witnesses to the pain suffered by children trying to access basic education in ‘schools’ and patients in hospitals and clinics. We work with our partners in the wreckage of a state that is failing its people. The latest political machinations is contemptuous of the daily reality of poor people.