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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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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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Silence over ambulance ‘strike’ in Eastern Cape

ECHCAC calls on the provincial and national health departments to urgently intervene before any more lives are lost. The Coalition urges the departments to act swiftly to avoid the situation degenerating to the state which occurred in the North

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Makangwane Secondary School – A decade of neglect and broken promises

Learners at Makangwane Secondary School in Nonparella, Limpopo are being taught under trees since January this year when part of the school roof was ripped off during a storm and the remaining structure posed a threat to the safety

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Week ahead 28 May – 1 June

28 May is global menstrual hygiene day. #NoMoreLimits. http://menstrualhygieneday.org/. Executive Director Mark Heywood will attend a meeting at the Wits School of Clinical Medicine (Wits) to discuss service delivery

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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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