Former Staff

Usha Jugroop - Director of Litigation

I joined SECTION27 on 1 August 2017 as the Director of Litigation.

I was attracted by the outstanding public interest law work that they are doing, focusing primarily on the constitutional right to basic education and health services.

Before joining SECTION27, I was a member of the Johannesburg Bar. Prior to doing pupillage, I clerked for Justice Kate O’ Regan in 2008.
Before embarking on my legal career, I worked for close on 10 years as a journalist, mainly in radio and television news as a current affairs producer and writer.

I hold a BA degree from Rhodes University and an LLB from Unisa.


BHAVNA RAMJI - Attorney

I’ve been an Attorney in the Education work area since 1 September 2016.

I conduct litigation on behalf of interest groups, learners and school governing bodies on cases aimed at achieving equality in the public education system.  I am working on cases involving learners with disabilities, and on school funding and resources.

I am at SECTION27 because I believe in strengthening the State while making it more accountable and effective.

I started working 2010 and have worked in private practice and in the non-profit sector.  Before joining SECTION27, I worked primarily on litigating housing and property cases, representing protestors, and working on behalf of Western Cape farmworkers.


LUVO NELANI - Legal Researcher

I started work at SECTION27 on 18 January 2016. I work as a Legal Researcher in the Private Health Team.

I have primarily worked on the Health Market Inquiry and Access to Medicines. I am involved in advocating for intellectual property reform to broaden access to quality and affordable medicines.

I first became aware of SECTION27 while I was a student and I thought and still think the use of strategic litigation and advocacy is impactful in driving access to healthcare services.

I worked at Hogan Lovells before joining SECTION27.


NTOMBI MAPHOSA - Paralegal

I am researcher and I co-run the legal advice office. I started working at SECTION27 on 11 of January 2016.

I consult members of the public, take statements and do research on any legal issues they have. If their issue falls outside of the mandate of SECTION27 I refer them to one of our partner organisations and ensure that they receive help. I also do research and advocacy work on a few health matters such as TB and School Health.

I have only worked here for a little over a year but I have been exposed to so many opportunities and so many more are coming my way. I have gained so much experience in many different things and this is one of the reasons that I’m going to turn out to be a well-rounded human rights lawyer one day. This organisation is the only one of its kind and holds a special place in people’s hearts. It really does feel like being around family every day when you’re in the office.


Tina Power

SLSJ Intern 2016
SLSJ Intern 2016

KATE PATERSON - Attorney

I started at SECTION27 the first time on 17 June 2010, and the second time on 2 February 2015. I am an Attorney in the Education Team

I focus on education provisioning, school governance and sexual violence. My two major cases at SECTION27 have been BEFA v Minister of Basic Education (the textbooks case) and Komape v Minister of Basic Education.

I leave SECTION27 for the second time in May 2017, but my time at SECTION27 has been immensely rewarding, stimulating and formative. I believe strongly in the project and the people working in it.

I began my career as Mark Heywood’s personal assistant. At the time, I’d completed by undergraduate and Honours degree in Law and Politics. I studied my LLB degree at Wits while working at SECTION27. I then completed articles at Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa and returned to SECTION27 as an attorney.