‘Michael Komape was a good boy’

Michael Komape died at the Mahlodumela Primary School in Limpopo earlier this week.

People gather at the funeral service of the boy who died after falling into a pit toilet in Limpopo. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

LIMPOPO - The family of a five-year-old boy who died in a pit toilet at a school in Limpopo on Monday has described him as a good boy who respected his elders.

Michael Komape died at the Mahlodumela Primary School.

He had gone to use the toilet during break time and when he didn't return to class, his teacher assumed he had gone home.

Hours after he had been missing his friend finally alerted his mother that Michael had fallen inside the toilet.

Michael's grandfather Alfred Komape says, "He was a little playful boy. We didn't see anything wrong from his side. He was doing well and did everything accordingly."

A funeral service was held for him at his home in the Chebeng Village on Sunday morning.

Only a week after his death and the government has seemingly acted quickly to construct new toilets at the school he attended.

The Limpopo Education Department has been under pressure to attend to the sanitation crisis at schools in the province over the past two years, but nothing was done.

The pit toilet in which Michael fell has since been demolished and covered up with sand.