5 year-old found dead after falling into pit toilet at EC primary school

Four years after 6-year old Michael Komape fell into a pit toilet at his school in Limpopo, there has been yet another such death.

The Department of Education in the Eastern Cape says it is providing counselling to learners after a 5-year-old girl was found dead in a pit toilet, at a primary school in the province.

It's been confirmed the pupil is Viwe Jali, who went missing on Tuesday before her body was found the following day.

A team of investigators has been deployed to the school to probe the incident.

Stephen Grootes spoke to the department's spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga.

It seems she fell into the toilet and nobody knew where the child was until the community got together and started looking. We got the news only last night and it is something that seems to have happened on Tuesday.

Elijah Mhlanga, EC Education Department spokesperson

Mhlanga says while progress has been made to replace school infrastructure in the province, challenges remain.

Just from the only initiative that he minister is running herself, from the national department side, we have built 192 schools and 141 of those schools are here in the Eastern Cape which means we have replaced mud structures and inappropriate buildings with proper facilities. Some of them are specifically designed for grade R learners with all the safety measures having been taken into account.

Elijah Mhlanga, EC Education Department spokesperson

The death of Michael Kompepe raised great concern at the time and calls were made to [eradicate pit toilets at schools.](http://6-year old Michael fell inside a pit toilet at school, and drowned in faeces.)

Also read: Pit toilet death case to challenge poor sanitation in schools

Click on the link below to hear more from Mhlanga....


This article first appeared on 702 : 5 year-old found dead after falling into pit toilet at EC primary school


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Former ANC MP 'happy' to testify in Zuma trial

Former ANC MP 'happy' to testify in Zuma trial

The state has listed 207 witnesses who will testify in the trial which includes former ANC MP Andrew Feinstein.

702 and Eyewitness News bid farewell to Stephen Grootes after 15 years

702 and Eyewitness News bid farewell to Stephen Grootes after 15 years

Grootes aired his final show with the Radio 702 on Thursday.

Safa pledges its support for Danny Jordaan amid rape allegations

Safa pledges its support for Danny Jordaan amid rape allegations

Safa has raised concern over what it says is a "worrying tendency of a trial by the media".

Lawsuit continues over Michael Komape's pit toilet death

Lawsuit continues over Michael Komape's pit toilet death

Michael Komape died after falling into a pit toilet in 2014 and his parents filed a lawsuit against the Basic Education Minister.

Mom Rosinah Komape first witness in trial of her 6-year-old son's toilet death

Mom Rosinah Komape first witness in trial of her 6-year-old son's toilet death

Six-year-old Michael Komape allegedly died after inhaling human waste when he fell and drowned in a pit toilet.

Pit toilet death case to challenge poor sanitation in schools

Pit toilet death case to challenge poor sanitation in schools

Michael Komape drowned in human faeces after falling into a pit toilet at Mahlodumela Lower Primary School nearly three years ago.

Popular articles
Wife killer Jason Rohde described as 'upstanding man' at sentencing proceedings

Wife killer Jason Rohde described as 'upstanding man' at sentencing proceedings

Last November, Rohde was found guilty of killing his spouse Susan Rohde at the Spier Wine Estate in July 2016.

Traffic congestion: Capetonians spending 75% more time in vehicles

Traffic congestion: Capetonians spending 75% more time in vehicles

Cape Town has the worst congestion levels in the whole of South Africa.

DStv subscription price hikes for 2019

DStv subscription price hikes for 2019

MultiChoice will increase the prices of certain DStv packages from 1 April.

'Bring back skilled engineers to Eskom' - Solidarity

'Bring back skilled engineers to Eskom' - Solidarity

Trade Union Solidarity says it supports Pravin Gordhan's idea that technicians who used to work for Eskom should be brought back.

We don't disguise or hide speed cameras - CoCT

We don't disguise or hide speed cameras - CoCT

The City of CT's JP Smith explains that traffic officers are prohibited from using concealed netting and other deceptive tactics.

Criminals targeting homes with aluminium windows, warns neighborhood watch

Criminals targeting homes with aluminium windows, warns neighborhood watch

The Panorama, Welgelegen and Plattekloof Neighbourhood Watch has identified a new house break-in trend.