Pit toilet death case to challenge poor sanitation in schools

The family of Michael Komape will begin its trial against the Minister of Basic Education, the Limpopo Provincial government, the principal of Mahlodumela Lower Primary School and the school's governing body in the High Court in Polokwane on Monday.

This trial begins more than three years after 6-year old Michael fell inside a pit toilet at school, and drowned in faeces.

Komape's parents, supported by Section 27, say this trial is in the interests of minors who attend schools in the province.

Stephen Grootes spoke to Nomatter Ndebele, spokesperson at Section 27.

Ndebele says the case will help highlight the greater issue of poor sanitation at schools across the country.

This is the extreme. Hopefully there won't be another child who falls into a pit toilet but knowing that it is possible should probably spur on politicians and the department of health to do better.

Nomatter Ndebele, Spokesperson at Section 27

At the moment we know that there are 1.7 million learners in Limpopo who are subjected to either unsafe sanitary conditions or having issues with infrastructure and learner support material.

Nomatter Ndebele, Spokesperson at Section 27

In our relief we are seeking a declaratory order which will force the government to give us a plan with what exactly they plan to do to address the sanitation issues in Limpopo, but it will also define the lines and tell us exactly what the state's obligation is when it comes to sanitation in schools.

Nomatter Ndebele, Spokesperson at Section 27

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