Alex Japho Matlala
3 minute read
14 Jun 2022
7:01 am

Limpopo still battling to eradicate 515 pit toilets four years after court order

Alex Japho Matlala

The provincial department has budgeted R1.5 billion to address infrastructure-related problems.

Duirkerbos Primary School use dilapidated toilets on April 16, 2016 in North West. Picture: Gallo Images / Sowetan / Tiro Ramatlhatse

The Limpopo basic education department is working hard to adhere to a high court order to have all pit toilets in the province’s schools demolished, but human rights organisation Section 27 is not happy with the slow pace at which it is moving. “Although there has been some progress to eradicate pit toilets from schools in Limpopo, delivery has been very slow and commitments to eliminate unsafe school sanitation infrastructure have repeatedly been broken,” research and advocacy officer at Section 27 Julia Chaskalson said on Monday. At hundreds of schools in the province, pupils’ lives were endangered by unlawful pit...