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Dialogue on Gender-Based Violence

Please join us for a dialogue between Sharon Ekambaram and representatives from civil society, the National Prosecuting Authority and the South African Police Service. The conversation will focus on gender-based violence in the criminal justice system.

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Michael Komape’s parents complete their testimony

19 November marks World Toilet Day. It is an indictment on the National Department of Basic Education (DBE) and the Limpopo Department of Education (LDoE) that this week also marks the start of the trial on Michael Komape’s death.

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Michael Komape

#Justice4Michael

These postcards are part of the #Justice4Michael advocacy  campaign. Thousands of learners in Gauteng, Pretoria and Cape Town wrote messages of support to the Komape family or a message for the MEC of Education in Limpopo, Ishmael Kgetjepe, sharing their thoughts and feelings on the untimely death of Michael Komape.

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The Week Ahead

Our Week Ahead 20 – 24 November

Court proceedings in the matter of Rosina Komape vs The Department of Education and Others will continue this week in the Polokwane High Court. Taking the witness strand this week are Civil Engineer David Still, SECTION27 Budget Expert Daniel McLaren and our Executive Director Mark Heywood.

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Basic Education Handbook


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.

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Section27 2014-2015 review


This is our latest review of South Africa's health and basic education systems and the work we have been doing to improve access to these fundamental servivces

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Community Health Workers

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...