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‘Michael Komape’s family denied justice’

Section 27 is suing the government for damages on behalf of the family of five-year-old Michael Komape who drowned in a Limpopo pit toilet in 2014.

FILE: Michael Komape died after falling into a pit toilet at school in 2014. Picture: Twitter/@Corruption_SA.

JOHANNESBURG - The High Court in Polokwane has heard that the Basic Education Department runs up billions of rands in irregular expenditure and underspends on school infrastructure.

The legal advocacy group, Section 27, is suing the government for damages on behalf of the family of five-year-old Michael Komape who drowned in a Limpopo pit toilet in 2014.

The group says it wants justice for the family and for government officials to be held accountable.

Section 27’s Mark Heywood says Michael Komape’s family has been denied justice because no one has been held accountable for his death.

“After he had died the provincial Education Department and everybody else just moved on.”

Heywood says they've presented evidence in court on Wednesday that disputes the Education Department’s claim that it simply doesn’t have enough money to fix school infrastructure.

"They [don't spend this money] on infrastructure each year and has to return money to the Treasury.”

The court has adjourned until Thursday to allow the team representing the government to study the evidence.

LISTEN: Parents of child who drowned in pit toilet seek justice

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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