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Mark Heywood, Executive Director of SECTION27, intends to step down from this leadership position in early 2018. Co-founded by Mark and Adila Hassim seven years ago, the public interest law centre, SECTION27 is now at the forefront of the fight for social justice, human rights and equality under law.

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Media Statement: Department of Basic Education argument dismissed in Norms and Standards case

Johannesburg, 19 July 2018 – SECTION27 welcomes the judgment of Acting Judge Msizi in the case of Equal Education v Minister of Basic Education delivered in the Bhisho High Court this morning.

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Challenging the literacy crisis by Christy Chitengu

Education intern Christy Chitengu reflects on her attendance of the Literacy in our Lifetime event recently hosted in Soweto and attended by Education experts such as Nic Spaull, Xolisa Guzula and Bram Fleisch

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Week Ahead 9 July – 13 July

SECTION27 Legal researcher, Tendai Mafuma will be attending the Abortion & Reproductive Justice: The Unfinished Revolution III conference at Rhodes University, Grahamstown.

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Week Ahead 2 July – 6 July

Head of Health Sasha Stevenson will be on Real Talk on SABC 3 at 6pm for the Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans. Read her profile here: http://ysa.mg.co.za/2018/sasha-stevenson-34/

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SECTION27 Annual Review 2016 – 2017

The years 2016 and 2017 were seminal years for SECTION27. They were sad, trauma-filled years, but they were also years that placed us on a path of seeking justice. They were the years of Michael Komape and Life Esidimeni…

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Judge finds in favour of Makangwane (Tree School) SGB

Today SECTION27 secured a huge victory for Makangwane Secondary School in the rural village of Non-Parella, Limpopo. In an urgent application brought by SECTION27 on behalf of the Makangwane SGB

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Tree School case goes to court

The application seeks to ensure that the learners of Makangwane School are taught in safe and adequate school facilities before 17 July 2018, which is when the third school term begins.

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Week Ahead 25 June – 29 June

SECTION27’s Deputy Director, Umunyana Rugege, is at the Budget Justice Coalition retreat in Franschhoek until Wednesday, 27 June. Civil society organisations intend to develop a collective strategy to guide the use of budget

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Ongoing delays in the Health Market Inquiry impacts right to health

The findings and recommendations of the HMI are critical to the public debate on the National Health Insurance and the Medical Schemes Bills, and thus it is critical that these findings are made public as a matter of urgency. 

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Budget Justice Coalition Submission: Mitigating the impact of the increase in the VAT rate on poor and low-income households

We fully support the establishment of this Expert Panel to consider appropriate mechanisms to ameliorate the impact of the VAT increase on poor and low-income households.

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Week Ahead 18 – 22 June 2018

In a world where violence forces thousands of families to flee for their lives each day, the time is now to show that the global public stands with refugees.

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Week Ahead 11 – 15 June

Congratulations Mark for completing your 19th Comrades Marathon. And well done for raising R36 000 for the Hillcrest HIV Centre with generous donations from President Cyril Ramaphosa Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and Director General

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SECTION27 condemns protests that violate the rights of vulnerable people

We call on national trade union leaders, from COSATU, SAFTU, FEDUSA and NACTU as well as religious leaders to step in to help resolve this ongoing crisis and assist in urgently restoring healthcare services in the province.
Lives are being lost. This is an emergency.

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Judge GC Muller ruling on SECTION27 application for leave to appeal

5 June 2018, Johannesburg – SECTION27, representing the Komape family notes the ruling of Judge GC Muller in the Limpopo High Court in respect of the application for leave to appeal in the Michael Komape trial. 

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