Fatal dangers of poorly maintained school pit latrines in South Africa

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version

This BBC news article tells the tragic story of a five-year-old boy, Michael Komape, drowning in a poorly maintained school pit latrine in northern South Africa in 2014. It highlights a serious national problem: less than a fifth of schools have access to a latrine and where they do many have been found to be unsafe, which has resulted in another similar tragic death of a young girl this year.

The article looks at why things have got so bad in South Africa, justice for Michael and his family, and what is being done to avoid this from happening again.

Date: 11 June 2018
South Africa
Resource types: