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.
We are joined today by over 40 activists from all parts of the world, including organisations of people living with HIV, MSF, as well as individual experts and lawyers who have fought for the rights of people to access affordable quality medicines. In this room is the residue of experience from the many successful battles that changed the landscape of the response to HIV and in doing so has prevented millions of deaths.
As required by the order of the North Gauteng High Court of 4 October 2012, the Department of Basic Education filed an affidavit on 31 October 2012 detailing the steps taken to ensure timeous delivery of textbooks to the CAPS grades for next year.
On Thursday, 18 October 2012, SECTION27’s Nthabi Pooe and Lawyers Against Abuse, Jessica Searle and Kay Mahonde, headed off to Providence Academy in central Johannesburg to run a workshop on human rights for learners at the school.
A case coming before the Constitutional Court holds serious consequences for public health and the fight against TB in South Africa. South Africa has one of the highest incidence rates of TB in the world. TB is the leading cause of death in South Africa and has been for many years. HIV co-infection and the increasing prevalence of drug resistant TB add to the urgency of addressing the TB epidemic. Doing so should be a top priority of the state.