Thursday 13 June

#30yearsin30days | Week 3


Day 15: #30yearsin30days

South Africa has an alarmingly high rate of sexual and gender-based violence. A learner from Mpumalanga approached SECTION27 after being impregnated by a teacher. SECTION27 attorney, Zeenat Sujee speaks about the case.


In a distressing trend, schools in South Africa are becoming hotspots for sexual predators.

A learner from Mpumalanga, supported by SECTION27, sent heartfelt well wishes for the assistance received.


PART 2 | In recent years, sexual misconduct perpetuated by educators has come under the spotlight. Teachers are not allowed to have sexual relationships with students, according to the South African Council of Educators’ code of ethics.

SECTION27 attorney, Zeenat Sujee highlights one such case before SACE, involving a teacher who impregnated a learner.

#30YearsofSocialJustice #CACE

Day 16: #30Yearsin30Days

Spotlight is an online publication that monitors South Africa’s response to TB and HIV, as well as the state of the health system.

Originally known as the NSP Review, it was renamed and reconceptualised in 2016.

Meet Marcus Low, the Editor of @SpotlightNSP.


Day Sixteen

Former SECTION27 legal researcher Mbali Baduza shares her passion for the Maternal and Child Health case in an insightful op-ed with Kholofelo Mphahlele in Spotlight NSP.

Read here:…/opinion-struggle-for…/

Day 17: #30Yearsin30Days

Khanyisa Mapipa, Head of Health Rights at SECTION27, reveals the unanticipated elements of her job that law school didn’t prepare her for. Like taking on the role of a spokesperson. As always, the S27 family effortlessly takes on the work to support and champion human rights.


Day 18: #30Yearsin30Days

In 2014, SECTION27 took on the Department of Basic Education for neglecting an environmental report that revealed Khiba Junior Secondary School in the Northern Cape was constructed with and in an area full of asbestos.

As a result, learners were contacting asbestosis. Learners were temporarily relocated to another school after our intervention.

In 2021, a brand new school was built for learners in the area.


Day 19: #30Yearsin30Days

Part 1 | In 2014, a group of community health workers (CHW) and members of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) from the Free State were arrested at a peaceful night vigil outside Bophelo House, the headquarters of the Free State Health Department.

The CHW’s protested the collapse of the Free State public health care system and the decision by then MEC of Health Dr Benny Malakoane to dismiss approximately 3 000 CHWs in the province. Even after a successful appeal, the #BopheloHouse94 still had criminal records for three years, despite being acquitted. SECTION27 and TAC had to put in enormous effort to clear the records after being sent from pillar to post for years.

Former SECTION27 researcher, Patrick Mdletshe speaks about the case.


Part 2 | #30Yearsin30Days

Patrick Mdletshe, a former researcher at SECTION27 and National Deputy Chairperson of TAC, gives a detailed account of the dire state of the Free State health care system witnessed during the #Bophelo94 trial. Treatment Action Campaign



Day 20: #30Yearsin30Days

Our Candidate Attorney, Motheo Brodie emphasizes the importance of securing justice for Makangwane Secondary School.

A dilapidated school, caused by the lack of government support, posed a threat to learners.

SECTION27 applauds steps taken by SECTION27 that resulted in a new school being built.

Day 20

Day 21: #30Yearsin30Days

We are celebrating #30YearsofSocialJustice

Embark on the incredible journey from the Aids Law Project to our pivotal role as SECTION27 today.

As catalysts for change, we continue to champion social justice.

Watch the journey here: