Parents reject toilet settlement
● 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.