Michael Komape trial

Michael Komape fell into a pit toilet at his school on 20 January 2014, and drowned. His parents are suing the state for approximately R3 million. They also want to compel the state to provide decent sanitation at schools across Limpopo Province.

Here are GroundUp's reports from the court case.

Understanding the Michael Komape judgment

It’s a setback for the family, but it will help the campaign to end pit toilets in schools

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10 May 2018

Michael Komape’s family to appeal Limpopo High Court’s decision

Family is seeking nearly R3 million in damages

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31 May 2018

“There are only two pit toilets for the whole school,” says Limpopo learner

Premier announces R192-million spend to fix sanitation infrastructure backlog at 100 schools

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5 July 2019

Komape hearing: judge lashes Limpopo education department

The state’s case against the family of drowned schoolboy is “insensitive”, says Justice Navsa

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3 September 2019

Komape family awarded R1.4 million for emotional shock and grief

Supreme Court of Appeal overturns Limpopo High Court decision

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18 December 2019