About Us


A just and equal society in which everyone enjoys their human rights and is empowered to claim their rights.


SECTION27, guided by the principles and values in the Constitution, aims to advance socio-economic rights, in particular the right to access health care services and the right to basic education guaranteed in section 27 and section 29 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa respectively.


SECTION27 is committed to practicing the following values internally and in the way we relate to others, including partners, stakeholders and the public.

+ Excellence we take pride in the quality and integrity of our work, and hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards. Our work is evidence based and grounded in the experiences of those most affected by the issues we work on.

+ Collaboration we are catalysts for social justice and build and foster partnerships with civil society organisations, communities, business, philanthropy and government. Our partnerships are based on mutual trust, respect and independence.

+ Equality, diversity, and human rights we are committed to maintaining a workplace that is fair and inclusive for all.

+ Activism we are committed to taking direct action to achieve social justice.


SECTION27 uses a combination of law and activism and works with partners to effect systemic change in the health and education systems in South Africa. We use strategic litigation and community mobilisation to seek the realisation of the rights to access health care services and education. We conduct advocacy campaigns to educate the public on constitutionalism and participate in the public discourse on human rights. We conduct high quality research to develop an evidence base for our interventions.

SECTION27 works in partnership with social movements, civil society organisations and other partners to hold the state and private actors to account for their constitutional obligations. We aim to achieve structural change and accountability to ensure dignity and equality for all by using the following strategies:

+ law and litigation

+ advocacy

+ legal literacy

+ research

+ coalition building