Par­ents re­ject toi­let set­tle­ment

The Times (South Africa) - - News - By ZOE MAHOPO

● A grief-stricken Lim­popo fam­ily re­jected a R450 000 set­tle­ment from the ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ment with “con­tempt” after their son drowned in a pit la­trine at his school.

The Polok­wane High Court heard on Mon­day how the par­ents of Michael Komape, 5, were of­fered the amount after the boy suf­fo­cated in hu­man ex­cre­ment in 2014. The of­fer was made after James and Rosina Komape filed a R2-mil­lion law­suit against Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Angie Mot­shekga in 2015.

Vin­cent Maleka SC told the court the fam­ily re­jected the of­fer “with the con­tempt it de­served”, say­ing the fam­ily had suf­fered im­mensely fol­low­ing their son’s death.

“This is a case about a hum­ble fam­ily who have ap­proached this court after it lost the life of one of its own,” he said.

Maleka went through a de­tailed list of wit­nesses in­clud­ing two pupils from Mahlo­dumela Pri­mary School who made the grue­some dis­cov­ery of Michael’s body.

He said he also in­tended on pre­sent­ing ev­i­dence that the pro­vin­cial and the na­tional ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ments had known about the poor state of school toi­lets in Lim­popo since 2009.

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