SECTION27 is a well-established and widely respected public interest law centre that aims to achieve substantive equality and social justice in South Arica. Guided by the principles and values of the Constitution, SECTION27 uses law, advocacy, legal literacy, research and community mobilisation to advance the rights of access to healthcare services, basic education and sufficient food. The promotion of rights, equality and dignity as well as the principles of governance and accountability underpin its work. Its mission is to achieve systemic change and expand access to justice for marginalised and vulnerable citizens, ensuring that they are empowered to realise their constitutional rights.
The right to access quality health care services
Through a combination of research, advocacy, rights awareness and litigation SECTION27 addresses health systems failures and demand accountability. The organisation strategically focuses on critical health systems issues, including emergency medical services in the Eastern Cape; monitoring of the HIV/AIDS programme; sexual and reproductive health rights; the rights of mental health care users; advocating for the regulation of the private health care sector in order to ensure greater equality in the health care system; and more recently, rights during the COVID-19 pandemic.
SECTION27 has been doing significant advocacy work around National Health Insurance (NHI), convening civil society and engaging a number of stakeholders. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the organisation has been monitoring and reporting on health rights during COVID-19, and holding government accountable to provide health services. This includes sexual and reproductive health rights issues, litigating in favour of the proper regulation of complementary medicines, and advocating for equitable and affordable COVID-19 treatment and vaccines. Highlights of SECTION27’s health work include the Life Esidimeni case and its work on sexual and reproductive health rights.
The right to basic education
SECTION27's overall objective is to continue to focus on the immediately realisable nature of the right to basic education through policy development, law reform and litigation that results in improved quality in areas of the basic education system. SECTION27's focus is on basic education in Limpopo (sanitation, textbooks and infrastructure); and access to education for learners with disabilities in KwaZulu-Natal (post provisioning at special schools, Braille textbooks and scholar transport policy). Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the organisation has been monitoring education rights, regulations for reopening of schools, access to education, and litigated for the reinstatement of the National School Nutrition Programme for all eligible learners. Highlights of SECTION27’s education work include the textbooks in Limpopo case, the Michael Komape case, the school sanitation advocacy campaign, and the school nutrition case more recently.
SECTION27’s health outcomes focus on|:
SECTION27’s education outcomes focus on:
Additionally, SECTION27 aims to achieve the following outcomes: