Children continue to attend schools without safe sanitation, court hears

2018-02-02 22:18
Michael Komape, two months before he died

Michael Komape, two months before he died

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Polokwane - Children in South Africa continue to attend schools without the comfort of safe sanitation, Michael Komape’s family lawyer argued in the Limpopo High Court on Friday.

Komape, aged 5, drowned after falling into a pit toilet at a school near Polokwane in 2014.

Four years and twelve days later, his family is still battling to survive. They have taken the matter to court, seeking so-called constitutional damages for his death.

The family is seeking more than R2 million in special and constitutional damages‚ medical damages, and loss of income for Michael’s mother Rosina, who abandoned her work days after her son had drowned in human faeces.

During closing arguments, the family's lawyer Vincent Maleka said it remained to be seen whether the basic education department would solve the problem of poor sanitation at schools.

He also argued that the government had the money, but lacked the willingness to fix the problem.

He wants the court to declare that the department had failed to ensure there were safe toilets.

Read more here: Appeals for toilet upgrades were 'ignored', says ex-principal of Michael Komape's school

It emerged during the hearing that the toilet Michael had fallen into was more than two decades old, rusty and had no cover.

But it remained in use at the time as the school management's pleas to the department for other toilets to be built, were allegedly ignored.

Judgment has been reserved.

Read more on:    michael komape  |  polokwane  |  courts

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.