SECTION27 is a public interest law centre that seeks to influence, develop and use the law to protect, promote and advance human rights. Our name is drawn from the section in the South African Constitution which enshrines everyone's right to health care, food, water and social security.
SECTION27 has just finalised its submission to the Department of Basic Education on the Draft Regulations Relating to Minimum Uniform Norms and Standards for Public School Infrastructure. Attached is a copy of our submission.
On 8 March 2013, following a series of discussions between SECTION27, the National Association of School Governing Bodies (NASGB), the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and the Limpopo Department of Education, the DBE has provided SECTION27 with a plan to address the urgent need for adequate and sufficient sanitation facilities in Limpopo Schools.
Every child the right to dignity and to be protected from neglect and or degradation.
In January 2013 SECTION27, acting on behalf of the parents, the School Governing Body (SGB) and community and the Chief of Madobi village wrote to the Department of Basic National (DBE) and the Limpopo Department of Education (LDE) to request action to address the shocking state of infrastructure at Jaji Secondary School in Vhembe district. This was necessary because the school has been complaining about dilapidated buildings and shortage of classrooms since 2005, but nothing has been done.
On 7 February 2013 TAC and SECTION27 visited the new Village Clinic after hearing terrible stories from patients and! health care workers at the clinic. What we found is a disgrace and violation of patients and workers rights. Read the report here.