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Section 27: Limpopo Education Dept to blame for Michael Komape's death

The group is suing government for damages on behalf of the family of Komape, who drowned in a Limpopo pit toilet in 2014.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Legal advocacy group Section 27 says it plans to prove in court that the death of five-year-old Michael Komape was not a mistake but the Education Department's failure to build safe toilets at schools in Limpopo.

The group is suing government for damages on behalf of the family of Komape, who drowned in a Limpopo pit toilet in 2014.

Expert evidence and witnesses concluded in the High Court in Polokwane on Tuesday and closing arguments are expected to start next year.

Section 27 says that it wants the High Court in Polokwane to declare the provincial education department's failure to address the sanitation crisis at Limpopo schools unlawful.

The group’s Mark Heywood says: “What you did, what you allowed to happen to Michael Komape was unlawful and was preventable. The state should be penalised as a result.”

Legal argument is expected to resume on 1 and 2 February.