The current situation
►“Some of the other schools in our village now have better toilets, but it cost my son’s life for the department to act,” said James Komape.
►But the country’s pit toilet situation was far from resolved.
►According to Equal Education, there are currently 6 089 schools with plain pit latrines on the premises. Of those schools, 3 710 have only pit latrines with no alternatives.
►The provincial breakdown is:
►Eastern Cape: 1
►587 Free State: 127
►Gauteng, Northern Cape and Western Cape: 0
►KwaZulu-Natal: 1 272
►North West: 145
►Section27 and Equal Education look set to have another court battle, since the Limpopo education department has yet to complete an ordered audit into pit latrines at schools.
►The replacement of pit latrines at all schools in SA has been costed at nearly R10 billion by Minister Angie Motshekga.