Op-Ed: Is the observance of one religion at schools a form of religious apartheid?

A case that has the potential to clarify the appropriate role of religious observances in public schools is set to be heard in the Gauteng High Court early next week. It is unfortunate however that the case appears to have been largely characterised as being part of an “atheist” agenda seeking to “sanitise” all public schools of religion. By FARANAAZ VERIAVA.


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Single religion schools in the spotlight in Gauteng High Court hearing: 15 – 17 May 2017

9 MAY 2017 – A challenge of certain Christian-only religious practices in South African public schools will be heard in a court case in the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg next week (15-17 May 2017).

The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) is an amicus curiae in the matter initiated by an organisation called the Organisasie vir Godsdienste-Onderrig en Demokrasie (OGOD), and is represented by SECTION27.


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SECTION27 congratulates Earthlife and SAFCEI on their victory against the nuclear deal

SECTION27 welcomes the Western Cape High Court’s decision to block plans by government to proceed with the unlawful and unconstitutional nuclear deal. We specifically pay tribute to Earthlife Africa and the Southern African Communities’ Environment Institute for their tireless work, advocacy and activism.


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Our Friday Ahead 21 April

This Friday our Executive Director Mark Heywood sets off on the first leg of the grueling Joberg2C mountain bike race. It’s 900 km of off-road riding and Mark will be keeping us updated at every stage in draw attention to the important work we do here at SECTION27 and to help shine a light on the insurmountable hurdles many South Africans face in the attempts to access quality healthcare and basic education.


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A letter from Mark Heywood to Friends of SECTION27

Dear Friends,

Over the last seven years, SECTION27 has built a team that is skilled, committed and ready to take us to greater heights. You can see them on our website: http://section27.org.za/board-staff/. I have the utmost respect and love for the team and have belief in them. I am watching leaders grow and emerge in this space and I want to support them by building a legacy for S72.

You can help me.


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Our week ahead 27- 31 March

“Build a good name. Keep your name clean. Don’t make compromises, don’t worry about making a bunch of money or being successful — be concerned with doing good work and make the right choices and protect your work. And if you build a good name, eventually, that name will be its own currency.” – William S. Burroughs”


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