Monthly Archives: May 2012

SECTION27 Submission to Lotteries Board to Fund Social Justice Work

On 22 May 2012, SECTION27 responded to the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) call for submissions to assist the NLDTF in developing its funding priorities. SECTION27 dealt with the NLDTF funding practices and priorities in the submission and recommended that social justice and human rights programmes be prioritised for funding by the NLDTF in the next funding period. SECTION27 made this submission because we believe that this work is critically important in a participatory democracy and because there are statutory and constitutional obligations to fund this work and ensure its sustainability.

This submission is endorsed by: AIDS Foundation of South Africa, Atlantic Philanthropies, Equal Education, ProBono.org, RAITH Foundation, Rural Health Advocacy Project and Sonke Gender Justice.

Read the complete submission by clicking “read more” below.

GOVERNMENT FAILURE TO PROTECT LEARNERS FROM SEXUAL ABUSE IN SCHOOLS

24 May 2012

Lawyers against Abuse (LvA) and SECTION27 are horrified by the pervasive and endemic sexual violence perpetrated by staff against learners in South African schools. We are particularly concerned that we are seeing a systemic failure to protect and respect the victim and to punish the perpetrator in such cases. We call upon the justice system, the police, the Department of Education, the South African Council of Educators, trade union movements and teachers and management to whom this violence is reported in schools across the country to improve the response to this violence and to cease protecting teachers who commit acts of sexual violence against learners.

COURT VICTORY IN THE FIGHT FOR QUALITY EDUCATION

JUDGE KOLLAPEN ORDERS DEPARTMENT OF BASIC EDUCATION AND LIMPOPO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO DELIVER TEXTBOOKS AND IMPLEMENT CATCH-UP PLAN   This morning, Judge Kollapen handed down judgment in the application launched by the Centre for Applied Legal Studies, acting on…

JUDGEMENT IN TEXTBOOKS CASE TO BE HANDED DOWN ON 17 MAY 2012

On 15 May 2012, the North Gauteng High Court heard an urgent application by SECTION27, Hanyani Thomo Secondary School and Tondani Lydia Masiphephethu relating to the failure by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and the Limpopo Department of Education…