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Get up! Stand up! Meet Mark Heywood, co-founder of Treatment Action Campaign

23 December 2015 7:33 PM

Mark Heywood is the Executive Director of SECTION27, a public interest law centre promoting human rights. This is his story…

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The Money Show's Bruce Whitfield interviewed Mark Heywood, the Executive Director of SECTION27, a public interest law centre promoting human rights.

Mark Heywood grew up in Nigeria, Ghana, Botswana and England.

Mark Heywood was one of the founders of the HIV/Aids activist organisation Treatment Action Campaign.

SECTION27 derives its name from the part of the Constitution which enshrines the right to healthcare, food, water and social security.

Mark Heywood was partly inspired to fight for human rights by his love for punk rock and reggae, especially Bob Marley.

Providing National Health Insurance is important and necessary, but the debate is clouded by ideology.

Mark Heywood, SECTION27

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It’s in Business’ interest that education and healthcare improves for everyone.

Mark Heywood, SECTION27

I’m not a socialist, but I believe in social justice.

Mark Heywood, SECTION27

As a teenager I was revolted by what was happening in Apartheid South Africa. By the time I got to Oxford I was an angry young man. Oxford made me even angrier!

Mark Heywood, SECTION27

London in the 80s was a very depressing place.

Mark Heywood, SECTION27

It’s scary the way our government is cosying up to China.

Mark Heywood, SECTION27

I came back to South Africa for political reasons in 1989.

Mark Heywood, SECTION27

My ideas of how to solve our social problems have evolved. But I’m still very angry.

Mark Heywood, SECTION27

The state of many of our hospitals and schools are unacceptable.

Mark Heywood, SECTION27

We must stop shaking our heads and start doing something! Stop relying on people such as me to change things.

Mark Heywood, SECTION27

I get tired of fighting all the time. But there are a lot of rewards, because there’s far more good than bad in our country. But the forces of evil are running the show at the moment.

Mark Heywood, SECTION27

The ANC has been high-jacked. State power has been stolen by outright criminals or people beholden to criminals.

Mark Heywood, SECTION27

The future isn’t Steyn City!

Mark Heywood, SECTION27

Free enterprise is NOT working for most people!

Mark Heywood, SECTION27

23 December 2015 7:33 PM

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