+ The right to basic education

Copy of Judgment by Judge Kollapen in North Gauteng High Court

SECTION27 has recently obtained the judgment (see below) handed down on 4 October 2012, by Kollapen J in the North Gauteng High Court. The judgment relates to an application brought by SECTION27, Hanyani Thomo Secondary School and Lutandale Primary School, represented by the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS).

Department of Basic Education’s plan to address school furniture backlogs in Limpopo

The Department of Basic Education (“DBE”) provided SECTION27 with a plan to address the school furniture backlog in the province on 15 December 2012. The plan was submitted following a meeting between SECTION27 and the DBE (including the Deputy Minister) and the Limpopo Department of Education to discuss the ongoing education crisis in Limpopo. A copy of the plan submitted by the Department is available below.


15 December 2012 marks the deadline for the delivery of textbooks to Limpopo schools for Grades 4, 5, 6 and 11 for 2013. This court-imposed deadline follows a failure by the Department of Basic Education and the Limpopo Department of Education to deliver textbooks to Limpopo schools for most of the 2012 academic year. Grades 4, 5, 6 and 11 will be starting the CAPS syllabus next year.