Sasha Stevens speaks on “The role of civil society in mental health”

Annual U21 Health Sciences Meeting at the University of Johannesburg, 21 September 2017 “The role of civil society in mental health” South African civil society has a long and distinguished history in advocating for, working towards and supporting the realization of the right of access to health care services.


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Sexual violence and corporal punishment in schools

In the past few days, we have read reports of sexual violence and corporal punishment against learners in school, mainly in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. SECTION27 condemns all acts of violence against learners.


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Faranaaz Veriava discusses the Basic Education Handbook on Radio Today!

SECTION27 Senior Researcher and Legal Counsel Faranaaz Veriava recently sat down with Patrick Bracher on his Radio Today show to discuss the Basic Education Rights Handbook. You can listen to the discussion here


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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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TAC is back!

TAC National Congress demands new focus and energy in struggle for dignity and life!


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TAC’s 6th National Congress begins

A speech made by TAC National Chairperson Nkhensani Mavasa at the opening of TAC’s 6th National Congress on Wednesday 23rd August 2017. #TACCongress2017


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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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HIV/AIDS now covered by Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act

We welcome the amendment of Section 1 (a) of the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act 4 of 2000, to include a prohibition of discrimination on the grounds of HIV/AIDS status.


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Growing crisis at NHLS threatens access to essential health care services, particularly for HIV and TB

The ongoing strike at the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) is a disaster for critical and lifesaving laboratory services, but also the fragile stability of this institution, the struggling public health system and poor people who heavily rely on it.


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Comment on Justice Dikgang Moseneke’s appointment for Life Esidimeni Alternative Dispute Resolution process

SECTION27 and its clients welcome the announcement that Justice Moseneke will lead the Life Esidimeni Alternative Dispute Resolution process. We will be meeting with Justice Moseneke and other parties shortly to discuss the details of how the process will unfold. We look forward to the commencement of the ADR, which we hope will contribute to closure for the families of former residents of Life Esidimeni.


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Pledge for Prudence

Mark Heywood paid tribute to AIDS, human rights and gender activist Prudence Mabele who recently passed away.


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Press release: Comment on letter sent to Bell Pottinger

The Helen Suzman Foundation, Section27 and Save South Africa comment on their joint action relating to the announced probe into Bell Pottinger’s conduct in South Africa


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Conference for the Future of South Africa – welcome address

Our political ancestors did not lose their lives or go to jail so that we could end up living under state capture, or so that their country could be sold to crooks and thieves.


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Our week ahead 17 – 21 July 2017

Quote for the week: If Plan “A” didn’t work, the alphabet has 25 other letters. Stay cool.


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SECTION27’s journey 2014-2017

Please join us on a short journey through the last four years of SECTION27’s work!


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Media Statement – Michael Komape

11 JULY 2017 – JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL KOMAPE

JOHANNESBURG – The Limpopo High Court has set a trial date in a case brought by the family of the late Michael Komape after the five-year-old fell into his school’s pit toilet and died. The trial will take place in Polokwane from 13 November to 1 December before Deputy Judge President Fikile Mokgohloa.


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Public Interest Law Gathering Programme

The PILG programme has been released! Click through for the full programme and to register for panels.


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Our Week ahead: 3 – 7 July 2017

Over the past weekend Basic Education for All (BEFA) held its electoral conference in Tzaneen Limpopo. BEFA activists from across the province came together to talk about the issues facing the Limpopo education system, as well as make strategic plans about how BEFA can overcome these challenges to bring about much needed change.


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High Court confirms that state endorsement of one religion to the exclusion of others is unlawful

Today, the South Gauteng High Court confirmed that public schools are not permitted to promote or allow their staff to promote only one or predominantly one religion to the exclusion of others. This was found to be contrary to the Constitution’s provisions on cultural and religious freedom.


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