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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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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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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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SECTION27 and TAC oppose proposed amendment to abortion Act

JOHANNESBURG, 15th AUGUST 2017 – SECTION27 and the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) have made a joint submission opposing the draft amendments to the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act 92 of 1996 (TOP Act) as proposed by the African Christian Democratic Party. We reject this amendment in the strongest terms.


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Gender based violence is a manifestation of social injustice and inequality

Comments by Mark Heywood, director of SECTION27, at media launch of Campaign against Violence to Women and Children 25 July 2017. We are gathered here today to launch a campaign that , if we are serious, has the potential to transform


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Education and policies are vital in fight against rape culture

It is imperative that students and staff are made fully aware of the policies in place to protect them and even more important that the members of the offices and task forces set up specifically to manage sexual violence are clear on what those policies are and how to adequately put them into practice.


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Op-Ed: Lost in the system – a young girl’s right to education

Despite the laws, systems and agents in place to develop, guide and protect the most vulnerable of children, there are many that fall victim to the state’s inadequacies. By SHENIECE LINDERBOOM.


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KZN healthcare services in a state of emergency

KwaZulu-Natal’s healthcare services are in a state of emergency with shocking details shared by health workers in the province. Reports reflect a collapsing health system which is in many cases no longer delivering adequate healthcare to the most vulnerable.


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Search for new Executive Director of SECTION27

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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Dear Friends of SECTION27

We would like to hank you for your generous support and donations, it is because of you that we are able to do important social justice work that changes people’s lives. 


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Philani Clinic: A timeline of failure

A few meters from the entrance to Philani Clinic in Queenstown, opposite the gate, is a black-walled tavern. On weekdays, it’s as quiet as a church; but on weekends, music bursts out of its dark interior, cars line the street and patrons dance between them, holding beer cans and bottles.  The gates of the clinic are not


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Our Week Ahead 4-9 December

The Life Esidimeni arbitration continues this week at the Emoyeni Conference Centre in Johannesburg. Family members of surviving mental health care users as well as Professor Ames Dhai, an expert witness are expected to testify.


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Spotlight Edition # 4 is out!

The latest edition of Spotlight is out, bringing you investigative journalism into the state of healthcare in South Africa. This edition covers such topics as how state capture threatens the right to health, articles on Free State healthcare, a look into


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No ambulance = death

For Nozikotshi Lulu, December 2011 was anything but joyful. She remembers it as the most painful period of her life. Her son, Mveliso (30), had been working away from home during the course of the year. She looked forward to his homecoming but when he returned home at the beginning of the month he became ill.


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#FAILEDBYSYSTEMS Gender-Based Violence Publication

On 14 July 2017, SECTION27 launched a campaign called #FAILEDBYSYSTEMS in which a team of SECTION27 women and non-binary people published a series of weekly op-eds in the Daily Maverick focusing on different systems responses to the gender-based violence (GBV) crisis in South Africa. Today we release theses articles in the form of a beautiful new SECTION27 publication.


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Dialogue on Gender-Based Violence

Please join us for a dialogue between Sharon Ekambaram and representatives from civil society, the National Prosecuting Authority and the South African Police Service. The conversation will focus on gender-based violence in the criminal justice system.


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Our Week Ahead 20 – 24 November

Court proceedings in the matter of Rosina Komape vs The Department of Education and Others will continue this week in the Polokwane High Court. Taking the witness strand this week are Civil Engineer David Still, SECTION27 Budget Expert Daniel McLaren and our Executive Director Mark Heywood.


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