SECTION27 is a public interest law centre that seeks to achieve substantive equality and social justice in South Africa. Guided by the principles and values in the Constitution, SECTION27 uses law, advocacy, legal literacy, research and community mobilisation to achieve access to healthcare services and basic education. SECTION27 aims to achieve structural change and accountability to ensure the dignity and equality of everyone.

Priority Work Areas

Right To Access Basic
Education

Women wait on the ground for a 'clinic' in the Eastern Cape

Right To Access Basic
Healthcare

Constitutional Court

Accountability

Abortion in Eastern and Southern Africa

Consult our research website on access to Termination of Pregnancy in different Eastern and Southern African countries, which includes a foreword by Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng, here:

Latest News

South Africa leading on HIV policy adoption but there’s still some way to go

Johannesburg 30 November 2020: Today, the HIV Policy Lab, a collaboration among academics, United Nations and civil society partners from…

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Women in social justice - Umunyana Rugege

Women in Social Justice – Umunyana Rugege

SECTION27’s Executive Director, Umunyana Rugege, on the work of our organisation, her role and her thoughts on advancing social justice.

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Budgeting for Human Rights during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how important it is to invest in social programmes. Many of South Africa’s public services,…

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School Meals Now! #9millionmeals

Joint statement on fifth NSNP progress reports

3 November 2020 Joint media statement: New Equaliser survey shows there are still problems with getting food to learners who…

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The Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement’s outlook for the healthcare system

The Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement’s outlook for the healthcare system 3 November 2020 – The Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS)…

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No new money for schools, but SAA’s rescue plan equals almost a year’s worth of school infrastructure funding

29 October 2020 Joint MTBPS media statement: No new money for schools, but SAA’s rescue plan equals almost a year’s…

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SECTION27 joins case about unsafe school infrastructure

SECTION27 joins case about unsafe school infrastructure Education authorities must be held accountable for learner safety and school infrastructure, says…

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Fix the Patent Laws supports proposal to facilitate access to COVID-19 vaccines

Fix the Patent Laws Coalition supports South Africa and India’s proposal to facilitate access to COVID-19 vaccines 15 October 2020,…

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Survey of Equalisers shows that most learners who are only in classrooms on certain days are not getting food for when they are at home

Joint statement: Survey of Equalisers shows that most learners who are only in classrooms on certain days are not getting…

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500+ organisations & academics around the world call on IMF to stop promoting austerity in the Coronavirus recovery period

SECTION27 joins over 500 organisations & academics around the world calling on IMF to stop promoting austerity in the Coronavirus recovery period

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SECTION27 welcomes new board members

SECTION27 welcomes its new board members Prof Eddie Mhlanga, Prof Ann Skelton, Justice Johan Froneman and Shaeera Kalla.

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Joint statement: Some improvements NSNP reporting

19 August 2020 Joint statement: Some improvements in food distribution but latest National School Nutrition Programme report still lacks critical…

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Latest National School Nutrition Programme ‘Consolidated report’ from DBE and provincial education departments

Latest NSNP ‘consolidated report’ from Department of Basic Education and Provincial Education Departments On 7 August 2020, the Department of…

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Socio-Economic Rights and Austerity

A SECTION27 report compiled by Mila Harding, Mbali Baduza and Julia Chaskalson Download the report here FOREWORD By Faranaaz Veriava…

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