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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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SECTION27 statement on recent sexual harassment allegations

We further support swift disciplinary processes that prioritise the safety of staff and which seek to ensure that predatory behaviour is dealt with immediately and in terms of the due processes of the law.

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Executive Director Mark Heywood will be at the Health Law Project, an organisation established by Kelly Kropman and Sebastian Mansfield-Barry (formerly at the Centre for Child Law) and is focused exclusively on mental health systems

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Week Ahead 21 – 25 May

Executive Director Mark Heywood will be at the Health Law Project, an organisation established by Kelly Kropman and Sebastian Mansfield-Barry (formerly at the Centre for Child Law) and is focused exclusively on mental health systems

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Komape family applies for leave to appeal court judgment

JOHANNESBURG, 17 May 2018 – SECTION27, representing Michael Komape’s family, has started proceedings to appeal the judgement handed down in the Limpopo High Court. The judgement rejected the civil claim by the Komape family for damages

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Week Ahead 14 – 18 May

Executive Director Mark Heywood will be giving a talk on Constitutionalism, Policy and Activism in South Africa at the A! Youth Activism Workshop. This is an opportunity for youth to learn and engage seasoned activists and connect with…

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Submission on the DBE’s Draft Policy on the Prevention and Management of Learner Pregnancy in School

SECTION27 and the Equal Education Law Centre have drafted a submission on the Department of Education’s Draft Policy of the prevention and management of learner pregnancy in school. This submission is accompanied by a table of…

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SECTION27 strengthens leadership team

The SECTION27 Board is pleased to announce that it has expanded its leadership team with three internal candidates appointed to newly-created senior leadership positions. Umunyana Rugege has been appointed as the organisation’s…

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Week Ahead 7 – 12 May

SECTION27 will host a screening of the film Vaya Untold Stories of Johannesburg at our offices. The film has received much acclaim including being selected for the Toronto Film Festival, and has won numerous awards. The film is based on a

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Life Esidimeni alternative dispute resolution order

On 19 March 2018, retired Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke read out the order in the Life Esidimeni alternative dispute resolution. In it he ordered the State to pay R180,000 in damages for emotional shock and trauma and R20,000 as part of funeral

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Freedom day 2018

Even though people died for these Freedoms, there are now instances where some of our leaders are picking at our freedoms, and slowly dismantling, the ability for many South Africans to be free. Freedom Day should be a day of celebration

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Week Ahead 23 – 26 April 2018

“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”

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Komape Judgement – Media Statement

SECTION27 notes with mixed reaction the judgment handed down in the trial of the tragic death of Michael Komape by Judge Muller.While we welcome the structural interdict to provide adequate and safe sanitation for learners in the Limpopo

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Week ahead 16 – 20 April 2018

In death, she has demonstrated that our many differences along political party and racial lines and the numerous disputes we may have are eclipsed by our shared desire to follow her lead in building a just, equitable and caring society.

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Week Ahead – 09 – 13 April

“All what we fought for is not what is going on right now. It is a tragedy that he lived and saw what was happening, we cannot pretend like South Africa is not in crisis, our country is in crisis and anyone who cannot see that is just bluffing themselves.”

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SECTION27 welcomes the Life Esidimeni arbitration award

SECTION27 welcomes the Award handed down by retired Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke. In a ringing indictment of the Life Esidimeni Marathon Project, DCJ Moseneke stated that

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Our Week Ahead 19 – 25 March 2018

“Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronisingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.” Nelson Mandela

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Civil society organisations welcome President Ramaphosa’s call for three month plan

Civil society has fought for years to ensure that school infrastructure receives priority attention from the department and we stand ready to assist government where possible to make sure that this expected plan for eradicating pit toilets is implemented as a matter of extreme urgency.

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SECTION27 representing Basic Education For All (BEFA) are in court on the 14 – 16 March 2018

SECTION27 representing Basic Education For All (BEFA) are in court on the 14 – 16 March 2018 intervening as amicus curiae in Equal Education’s bid to declare invalid certain regulations of the Minimum Norms and Standards

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Week Ahead 5 – 9 March

Today, almost all 40 of us gathered in our Braamfontein boardroom to hear Chief Executive Officer of the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) Sello Hatang address SECTION27’s first official staff meeting of the year…

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A more progressive tax regime is a viable and better alternative to addressing revenue shortfalls, civil society organisations tell Parliament.

On Wednesday 28 February, a broad cross-section of South African civil society organisations (CSOs) called on Parliament to halt the proposed increase…

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Vulekamali newsletter is now online!

The first ever edition of the vulekamali newsletter is now online! Through this newsletter, we will share vulekamali project updates, interesting new content and news about exciting budget events

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Urgent call for organisational endorsements of two civil society submissions to Parliament on the 2018 Budget

The 2018 Budget presents a moment of crisis. If it goes ahead, indirect taxes (VAT, fuel and excise – which affect the pockets of lower income groups the most) will rise and social spending (on basic education, health care and housing

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Week Ahead

Several SECTION27 staff members will be attending the regional COP18 consultation meeting in Johannesburg until Friday. This meeting allows civil society to mobilise, give input and shape the COP18 strategy.

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Community priorities for PEPFAR funding

Today South Africa continues to face major HIV and TB epidemics. 7.1 million people have HIV, and TB remains our leading cause of death in the country. Even at current levels around three million people in South Africa

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Notifiable diseases regulations out just in time

The recent Listeriosis outbreak, demonstrates the importance of the control of notifiable conditions.

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