SECTION27 is a public interest law centre that seeks to influence, develop and use the law to protect, promote and advance human rights. Our name is drawn from the section in the South African Constitution which enshrines everyone's right to health care, food, water and social security.
After a very successful first year, SECTION27 has revised and updated its Prospectus to reflect its current activities, areas of work and vision. We have also completed a 30 minute film called Making Rights Real, that documents how SECTION27 (and our predecessor the ALP) have used the law, legal advocacy and litigation to advance human rights to HIV treatment, health and education in South Africa.
On the 8th of June 2011 the Kwazulu-Natal High Court handed down judgment in the case of Langalakhe Ncengokwakhe Njoko v Minister of Safety and Security. In the judgment the court accepted evidence of Professor Francois Venter, President of the HIV/AIDS Clinicians Society, on the life expectancy of people living with HIV who are on anti-retroviral treatment.
Are you a lawyer in government, civil society or private practice? Do you have an interest in understanding or using the law and human rights in responding to the HIV/AIDS epidemic? Or are you a senior manager in government, a health activist, a health journalist or a health care provider with a similar interest?
If yes, then consider registering for a certificate course in HIV/AIDS and the law offered by the Mandela Institute (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg) in collaboration with SECTION27. Act fast: the closing date for registration is Friday, 8 July 2011; classes start on Monday, 25 July 2011 at 17h30.
SECTION27 seeks a self-motivated attorney with excellent legal and research skills to work in the organisation’s Legal Services and Litigation Department. SECTION27’s legal work focuses primarily on access to healthcare services; improved access to basic education and nutrition; and the reform and regulation of health systems in the public and private spheres.