Michael Komape’s parents complete their testimony

19 November marks World Toilet Day. It is an indictment on the National Department of Basic Education (DBE) and the Limpopo Department of Education (LDoE) that this week also marks the start of the trial on Michael Komape’s death.


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CASAC intervenes in Solidarity’s attempt to undermine government measures to increase access to quality Basic Education.  

The North Gauteng High Court yesterday upheld the constitutionality of the Department of Basic Education’s FUNZA LUSHAKA Bursary Scheme to ensure the availability of an increasing number of well-qualified, indigenous language teachers,


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#Justice4Michael: The family’s day in court to commence on Monday

7 November 2017 – On 20 January 2014, Grade R learner Michael Komape went to use the pit toilet at Mahlodumela Primary School in Chebeng Village, near Polokwane, Limpopo. The school toilet was dilapidated,


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No scholar transport plan for learners with disabilities

A mother carried her daughter to school until she became too heavy for her to do so. Another learner must drive her electric wheelchair some five kilometres when she cannot afford to pay for private transport.


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Protecting People with Mental Illness and Intellectual Disability…

In the midst of the Life Esidimeni tragedy, in which almost 100 mental health care users died and others were harmed, causing unbearable distress to their families, the Department of Justice quietly published a draft Bill to amend the Criminal Procedure Act.


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Patient groups march for access to medicines in South Africa

Yesterday, more than 1,000 members of the Fix the Patent Laws Coalition (FTPL) marched to the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) in support of the government’s efforts to fix our patent laws and ensure everyone has access to the medicines they need.


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Statement from SECTION27: No ambulances = Death

Four learners have died in a tragic road accident in rural Eastern Cape, but what is equally awful is that community members had to reportedly transport the critically injured children to hospital because there are no ambulances that service their village.


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Our Week Ahead 23 – 27 October

SECTION27 with the Fix the Patent Laws Campaign will march with over a 1 000 activists to the office of the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) to hand over the coalition’s submission on the draft Intellectual Property Policy (phase 1) published for comment by the dti in August


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Our Week Ahead 16 – 20 October

Life Esidimeni Arbitration continues and Issue 3 of Spotlight will go live this week. The focus is on the latest National Strategic Plan and also includes profiles on two Health MECs, the new CEO of the SA National AIDS Council as well as the important work being done by the Treatment Action Campaign in seven provinces.


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Media statement: SECTION27 comment on Life Esidimeni Arbitration Dispute Resolution process

Johannesburg, 11 October 2017 – The Life Esidimeni Arbitration Dispute Resolution process started on Monday 9 October and is expected to continue until Friday 27 October 2017. It is designed to provide information, redress and closure to the affected mental health care users and their families.


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STATEMENT BY THE LIFE ESIDIMENI FAMILY COMMITTEE

Today (Monday 9 October) marks the beginning of yet another painful chapter for the relatives of what have collectively been called “The Life Esidimeni 94+”. It will be the start of a difficult, probing arbitration process led by retired Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, into the death of more than 94 mental health patients who were supposed to be in the care of the Gauteng Provincial Government.


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Justice for the Life Esidimeni 94+

It is almost two years to the day since the termination of the contract with Life Esidimeni was announced, setting in motion a tragedy which led to the deaths of more than 100 mental health care users. Monday sees the commencement of an arbitration led by retired Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke and designed to provide information, redress and closure to the affected mental health care users and their families.


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Regulations on Notifiable Medical Conditions are woefully overdue

The need for an effective and operational regulatory framework to monitor and control notifiable conditions is urgent to effectively respond to the risk posed by communicable conditions to public health.


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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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