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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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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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