Editor's Note - 6 February 2014

By Drum Digital
31 January 2014

When death comes knocking.

WE recently lost one of our most loved and admired talents – Lesego Motsepe – at the tender age of 39.

Her passing made me realise two things: firstly, that no one can predict how another person will leave this earth, and secondly, just how brave Lesego was.

Lesego chose to confront her condition in her own way, with her own convictions, guided by what she felt was right for her. That takes courage.

Everyone seems to have an opinion on how people who live with HIV should act, and what they should take.

Lesego educated herself on her condition and lived the best way she knew possible. May her beautiful soul rest in peace.

In a school in Limpopo, learners, some as young as five, have to walk some distance away from the school yard parameters to relieve themselves in a latrine toilet with rusted corrugated steel sheets as seats and shelters.

The school’s teachers, however, use toilets inside the school yard, and although they are also latrines, theirs have brick walls and proper seats.

What’s wrong with this picture?

In addition to the horrific fact of having to use pit toilets, why are young children having to leave the school’s premises to go to the toilet?

And why are they unsupervised?

What happened to six-year-old Grade R learner Michael Komape, who drowned after falling into one of these toilets with its rusty corrugated iron seat, is unacceptable (see our story on page 18).

Why, after 20 years of freedom, are our people still subjected to these inhumane conditions? It’s unacceptable.

Now the Limpopo Department of Education has promised to build new flushable toilets. It’s a pity a six-year-old had to die before they decided to eradicate latrines.

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