NGO takes pit toilet death claim to SCA
The case of five-year-old Michael Komape, who died after falling into a pit toilet and drowning in human excrement at a school in Limpopo, is heading to the SCA, according to a TimesLIVE report.
NGO Section27, which is representing the Komape family, confirmed the case will be heard on 2 September.
The family was seeking more than R2m for special and constitutional damages‚ funeral costs‚ and loss of income for Michael’s mother‚ Rosina Komape.
She lost her job as a domestic worker soon after the accident.
Judge Gerrit Muller ruled in the Limpopo High Court (Polokwane) on 23 April 2018 that government violated pupils' right to basic education by not providing them with safe and decent sanitation, but dismissed the damages claim.
‘The case remains deeply emotional and difficult for the Komape family. We hope that the SCA appeal is the end of a very long road towards closure for the family,’ Section27 spokesperson Zukiswa Pikoli said in a statement.
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