Pit toilet death: Dept. assists with funeral

The Limpopo Education Dept. will help the family of a boy who died after falling into a pit toilet.

The Limpopo Education Dept. will help the family of a boy who died after falling into a pit toilet at a Limpopo school. Picture: Tara Meaney/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Limpopo Education Department says it will help cover the funeral costs of a grade 0 pupil who suffocated after falling into a pit toilet at school.

The five-year-old boy was discovered inside the toilet on Tuesday, hours after his teacher and fellow pupils realised he was missing.

The provincial government has been under pressure to provide thousands of schools in the province with proper sanitation since the crisis came to light two years ago.

The education department's Phuti Seloba says, "We would like to make a contribution to the funeral because a funeral in African culture is a very dignified activity."

The Basic Education Department confirmed the child's death at the Mahlodinela Primary School in Seshego.

The province's Education Department has since launched an investigation into his death, saying such incidents can't happen again.

More than 4,000 schools have not had proper toilets for the past two years despite promises by the department that the problem would be dealt with.