SECTION27 is a public interest law centre that seeks to influence, develop and use the law to protect, promote and advance human rights. Our name is drawn from the section in the South African Constitution which enshrines everyone's right to health care, food, water and social security.
SECTION27 has sent a Submission on the Draft Lotteries Amendment Bill, 2013 to the Department of Trade and Industry. In it we argue that while the Draft Lotteries Policy acknowledged that there is a “need to broaden the scope of…
GEORGE Orwell once wrote that “to see what is in front of one’s nose needs a con- stant struggle”. He raged against “political language (that) is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable”. Read the full article here….
The recent deaths of prisoners at Groenpunt and St Alban’s prisons raise serious concerns about the ability of the Department of Correctional Services to guarantee the safety of prisoners. The Groenpunt death is particularly worrying as officials are implicated in the death of the prisoner, after an assault witnessed by members of the press and during a visit by members of the Portfolio Committee on Correctional Services. The use of excessive force is prohibited by the Correctional Services Act and the Constitution guarantees the right to life and the freedom and security of the person. The state, through the Department of Correctional Services, has an inescapable duty to provide safe and secure custody to all prisoners under conditions consistent with human dignity. This has been confirmed in several South African court decisions.