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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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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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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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Our Week Ahead 01- 06 October 2017

Executive Director Mark Heywood will speak at this year’s Joburg Mining Indaba. Mark will speak in the session titled How do we get to the future?

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Week Ahead 26 September – 29 September

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the Impossible”. – Francis of Assisi
Bhavna Ramji will be speaking at a two-day colloquium on a decent standard of living, hosted by the Studies in Poverty

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Pencil Power: Cartoons and social justice

How can editorial cartoons better connect the dots between the social determinants of injustice and not just the individuals who profit from it?

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Sasha Stevens speaks on “The role of civil society in mental health”

Annual U21 Health Sciences Meeting at the University of Johannesburg, 21 September 2017 “The role of civil society in mental health” South African civil society has a long and distinguished history in advocating for, working towards and supporting the realization of the right of access to health care services.

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The Week Ahead 19 September – 22 September

“If you have the capacity to tremble with indignation every time that an injustice is committed in the world, then we are comrades” – Che Guevara. Mpumalanga community mobiliser Sifiso Nkala is partnering with the Friedrich Ebert Stifung (FES)

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Sexual violence and corporal punishment in schools

In the past few days, we have read reports of sexual violence and corporal punishment against learners in school, mainly in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. SECTION27 condemns all acts of violence against learners.

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Faranaaz Veriava discusses the Basic Education Handbook on Radio Today!

SECTION27 Senior Researcher and Legal Counsel Faranaaz Veriava recently sat down with Patrick Bracher on his Radio Today show to discuss the Basic Education Rights Handbook. You can listen to the discussion here

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Week Ahead 11 September – 15 September

This week, Eastern Cape Community Mobiliser Fikile Boyce is attending various meetings as an Eastern Cape Health Crisis Action Coalition (ECHCAC) representative. ECHCAC seeks to draw together various health stakeholders within the province

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