Education Dept planning to remove all pit toilets from schools

Judge Gerrit Muller ordered the department to provide proper sanitation facilities at all the province’s government-run schools.

FILE: A pit toilet. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Basic Education Department says that it is finalising an audit report of all state schools that still use pit toilets.

A tragedy and ensuing legal battle that thrust the issue into the spotlight was heard in a Limpopo court on Monday.

The High Court in Polokwane dismissed a R3 million claim to compensate Michael Komape’s family for general and constitutional damages.

Five-year-old Komape drowned in a pit toilet at his school in 2014.

But judge Gerrit Muller ordered the department to provide proper sanitation facilities at all the province’s government-run schools.

The department’s Elijah Mhlanga says: “We were in the process of putting together an audit of all the schools with pit latrines as well as a plan of how those pit latrines are going to be eradicated.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)