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Section 27: Pit toilet death case will highlight sanitation in SA

Section 27’s Nomatter Ndebele says this court case is important to ensure pupils in rural areas have proper sanitation.

FILE: Michael Komape's classmates are gathered outside his house in Limpopo for his funeral service. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - As the family of a six-year-old boy who died after falling into a pit toilet at a Limpopo school heads to court on Monday to seek justice, Section 27 says that the case will highlight the greater issue of sanitation in the country.

Michael Komape died after falling into the pit toilet in 2014.

The trial against the Basic Education Minister will be heard at the Polokwane High Court from today and has been set down for three weeks.

The human rights organisation says that government has not apologised to Komape’s family.

Section 27’s Nomatter Ndebele says that this court case is important to ensure pupils in rural areas have proper sanitation.

“This case is going to help us highlight the greater issue of sanitation in Limpopo and across the country. This is the extreme.

“Hopefully there won’t be another child who falls into a toilet but knowing that it’s possible, should probably make the Department of Education to do better.”