Articles by Ciaran Ryan

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Day 8: Education department had funds to fix toilet in which Michael Komape drowned

Expert witness gives damning testimony against Limpopo government

By Ciaran Ryan - 22 November 2017
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Day 7: Limpopo education department a “quagmire” of maladministration

“We drew attention to life-threatening situations in schools … it is not good enough to say there is no budget.”

By Ciaran Ryan - 21 November 2017
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Day 6: Court hears of terrible condition of Limpopo’s school toilets

Photographs shows that the school toilets where Michael Komape died were in poor condition

By Ciaran Ryan - 20 November 2017
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Day 5: Psychologist describes suffering of drowned boy’s family

Mother distant and withdrawn, battles with ongoing sadness and depression

By Ciaran Ryan - 17 November 2017
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Day 4: State claims family wants to get rich out of Michael Komape’s death

SECTION27 accuses state lawyer and Department of Education of attempting to trivialise the family’s suffering

By Ciaran Ryan - 16 November 2017
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Day 3: Pathologist describes finding faeces in child’s lungs

Michael Komape’s sister breaks down in court

By Ciaran Ryan - 15 November 2017
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Day 2: State attempts to discredit parents in Michael Komape trial

Advocate asks if death of five-year-old who drowned in toilet was any different from death by sickness or car accident

By Ciaran Ryan - 14 November 2017
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Day 1: Mother tells court how she found her son dead in school toilet

First day in damages trial of the death of Michael Komape

By Ciaran Ryan - 13 November 2017
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Preview: Parents of drowned child seek justice

Michael Komape died in a toilet at school. Now James and Rosina Komape are going to court to compel the state to provide decent sanitation to schools across Limpopo.

By Ciaran Ryan - 12 November 2017
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Katlehong family evicted over home loan arrears of R1,000

Nedbank responds to queries about Mashaba case

By Ciaran Ryan - 6 November 2017
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White farmers and Communist Party members join to fight bank evictions

Protesters demand change to legislation

By Ciaran Ryan - 21 September 2017
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R60bn Constitutional Court case against banks

Applicants want criminal investigation into bank executives

By Ciaran Ryan - 16 August 2017
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Landowners fight 100 years of dispossession

The Evaton community want their trust land restored and mining companies to pay compensation

By Ciaran Ryan - 5 July 2017
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How Nedbank sold a family’s fully paid home for R10

And other stories of bank repossessions

By Ciaran Ryan - 29 May 2017
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Soweto man in court for trespassing in his own home

Solomon Nhlapo’s house was auctioned for R100 by Nedbank in 2014

By Ciaran Ryan - 10 February 2017
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The Joburg township where outlaws make the rules

Illegal gold mining sustains Lindelane

By Ciaran Ryan - 24 January 2017