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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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Philani Clinic: A timeline of failure

A few meters from the entrance to Philani Clinic in Queenstown, opposite the gate, is a black-walled tavern. On weekdays, it’s as quiet as a church; but on weekends, music bursts out of its dark interior, cars line the street and patrons dance between them, holding beer cans and bottles.  The gates of the clinic are not

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Our Week Ahead 4-9 December

The Life Esidimeni arbitration continues this week at the Emoyeni Conference Centre in Johannesburg. Family members of surviving mental health care users as well as Professor Ames Dhai, an expert witness are expected to testify.

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Spotlight Edition # 4 is out!

The latest edition of Spotlight is out, bringing you investigative journalism into the state of healthcare in South Africa. This edition covers such topics as how state capture threatens the right to health, articles on Free State healthcare, a look into

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No ambulance = death

For Nozikotshi Lulu, December 2011 was anything but joyful. She remembers it as the most painful period of her life. Her son, Mveliso (30), had been working away from home during the course of the year. She looked forward to his homecoming but when he returned home at the beginning of the month he became ill.

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#FAILEDBYSYSTEMS Gender-Based Violence Publication

On 14 July 2017, SECTION27 launched a campaign called #FAILEDBYSYSTEMS in which a team of SECTION27 women and non-binary people published a series of weekly op-eds in the Daily Maverick focusing on different systems responses to the gender-based violence (GBV) crisis in South Africa. Today we release theses articles in the form of a beautiful new SECTION27 publication.

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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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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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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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#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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Our Week Ahead 13 – 17 November

Court proceedings for the matter of Rosina Komape vs The Department of Education and Others take place at the Polokwane High Court from Monday 13 November. The matter is set down from today until 1 December 2017.

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CASAC intervenes in Solidarity’s attempt to undermine government measures to increase access to quality Basic Education.  

The North Gauteng High Court yesterday upheld the constitutionality of the Department of Basic Education’s FUNZA LUSHAKA Bursary Scheme to ensure the availability of an increasing number of well-qualified, indigenous language teachers,

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#Justice4Michael: The family’s day in court to commence on Monday

7 November 2017 – On 20 January 2014, Grade R learner Michael Komape went to use the pit toilet at Mahlodumela Primary School in Chebeng Village, near Polokwane, Limpopo. The school toilet was dilapidated,

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Our Week Ahead 6 – 10 November

The #Justice4Michael campaign continues in the build up to the upcoming litigation in the matter of Rosina Komape vs Minister of Basic Education. The matter involves the death of Michael Komape who fell into a pit toilet after it collapsed, and died a horrible death.

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Do you Know Michael? A re-enactment of the day Michael died

On the 20 January 2014, Michael Komape stepped out of his Grade 1 classroom to use the outside pit toilet at Mahlodumela Primary School, near Polokwane, Limpopo. His body was later found in the pit after he fell

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No scholar transport plan for learners with disabilities

A mother carried her daughter to school until she became too heavy for her to do so. Another learner must drive her electric wheelchair some five kilometres when she cannot afford to pay for private transport.

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Our Week Ahead 30 October – 3 November

SECTION27 launches the #Justice4Michael campaign, the campaign will support our upcoming litigation in the matter of Rosina Komape vs Minister of Basic Education. The matter involves the death of Michael Komape who fell into a pit toilet, and died after it collapsed.

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Protecting People with Mental Illness and Intellectual Disability…

In the midst of the Life Esidimeni tragedy, in which almost 100 mental health care users died and others were harmed, causing unbearable distress to their families, the Department of Justice quietly published a draft Bill to amend the Criminal Procedure Act.

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Patient groups march for access to medicines in South Africa

Yesterday, more than 1,000 members of the Fix the Patent Laws Coalition (FTPL) marched to the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) in support of the government’s efforts to fix our patent laws and ensure everyone has access to the medicines they need.

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Statement from SECTION27: No ambulances = Death

Four learners have died in a tragic road accident in rural Eastern Cape, but what is equally awful is that community members had to reportedly transport the critically injured children to hospital because there are no ambulances that service their village.

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Our Week Ahead 23 – 27 October

SECTION27 with the Fix the Patent Laws Campaign will march with over a 1 000 activists to the office of the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) to hand over the coalition’s submission on the draft Intellectual Property Policy (phase 1) published for comment by the dti in August

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Our Week Ahead 16 – 20 October

Life Esidimeni Arbitration continues and Issue 3 of Spotlight will go live this week. The focus is on the latest National Strategic Plan and also includes profiles on two Health MECs, the new CEO of the SA National AIDS Council as well as the important work being done by the Treatment Action Campaign in seven provinces.

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SECTION27 Challenges CEOs to invest R500 000 in Social Justice!

SECTION27 is Challenging all CEOs to invest R500 000 towards a Social Justice Legacy! Inequality and Poverty is expensive for people, country and business, join the fight TODAY! His body was later found in the pit after he fell into the dilapidated

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Media statement: SECTION27 comment on Life Esidimeni Arbitration Dispute Resolution process

Johannesburg, 11 October 2017 – The Life Esidimeni Arbitration Dispute Resolution process started on Monday 9 October and is expected to continue until Friday 27 October 2017. It is designed to provide information, redress and closure to the affected mental health care users and their families.

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STATEMENT BY THE LIFE ESIDIMENI FAMILY COMMITTEE

Today (Monday 9 October) marks the beginning of yet another painful chapter for the relatives of what have collectively been called “The Life Esidimeni 94+”. It will be the start of a difficult, probing arbitration process led by retired Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, into the death of more than 94 mental health patients who were supposed to be in the care of the Gauteng Provincial Government.

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Our Week Ahead 9 – 13 October

Monday sees the commencement of the arbitration proceedings for the Life Esidimeni tragedy led by retired Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke and designed to provide information, redress and closure to the affected mental health care users and their families. SECTION27 is representing 53 families.

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Justice for the Life Esidimeni 94+

It is almost two years to the day since the termination of the contract with Life Esidimeni was announced, setting in motion a tragedy which led to the deaths of more than 100 mental health care users. Monday sees the commencement of an arbitration led by retired Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke and designed to provide information, redress and closure to the affected mental health care users and their families.

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Regulations on Notifiable Medical Conditions are woefully overdue

The need for an effective and operational regulatory framework to monitor and control notifiable conditions is urgent to effectively respond to the risk posed by communicable conditions to public health.

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