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Learners demand toilets and water for Limpopo schools

Department claims construction at schools will start January 2020

By Bernard Chiguvare - 13 December 2019
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Hundreds of Limpopo health workers march in Polokwane

Workers demand to be paid for extra hours and for staff shortages to be addressed

By Bernard Chiguvare - 30 September 2019
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NEHAWU demands dismissal of Limpopo MEC for Health

The union also calls for Director General to be given the boot following Auditor-General finding

By Bernard Chiguvare - 1 August 2019
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Bus shortage costs Polokwane commuters

“I earn R2,900 a month. Per week my transport fare is R420 using minibus taxis.”

By Bernard Chiguvare - 17 July 2019
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Michael Komape’s family to appeal Limpopo High Court’s decision

Family is seeking nearly R3 million in damages

By Ciaran Ryan - 31 May 2018
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Dismay as judge dismisses damages claim for child who drowned in pit toilet

“Failure to award damages in this case stands in contrast to the damages that were awarded” to Life Esidimeni families, says SECTION27

By Ciaran Ryan - 23 April 2018
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Michael Komape died because he was a rural African child, says lawyer

Court asked to compel state to fix “dire” state of school sanitation

By Ciaran Ryan - 2 February 2018
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Day 12: Lawyers for Michael Komape’s family demand compensation for grief

State admits liability; court to decide how much money to award the family

By Ciaran Ryan - 1 February 2018
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Day 11: Court hears of witness to Michael Komape’s death

Boy who drowned in toilet could have been found sooner

By Ciaran Ryan - 28 November 2017
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Day 10: Calls for help from Michael Komape’s school unanswered for years

Former principal’s testimony supports the family’s claim against the state

By Ciaran Ryan - 27 November 2017
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Day 9: State offered a pauper’s burial for Michael Komape

Department of Education contests that it could have fixed dilapidated toilets

By Ciaran Ryan - 23 November 2017
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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