Jacques Smalle (MPL)
DA Limpopo Provincial Leader
The Limpopo department of education continues to violate children’s rights and dignity of Malamulele High School learners as they keep dragging their feet in delivering sanitation facilities or mobile toilets in defiance of Section 28 of the Constitution.
60 days after the DA exposed the disgusting state of ablution in the school, the department has still done nothing yet to at least restore human dignity.
There is not a single functional toilet at the school. While learners rush to the bushes to relieve themselves, their educators go to the nearest complex to use proper toilets. This is indirect contravention of section 28 (d) of the constitution which states that learners have a right to be protected from maltreatment, abuse, neglect and degradation.
The DA finds this condition of using the open veld as a toilet completely unacceptable and a direct infringement of constitutional rights. In fact, the Minimum Norms and Standards For Public School Infrastructure, clearly indicate that all schools must have sufficient number of sanitation facilities that are easily accessible to all learners, provide privacy and security, promote health and hygiene standards and strongly condemns the use of pit toilets and bucket latrines at schools.
The DA urges the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to lift the matter to court as per SAHRC act 40.3 (b) and table its report to the relevant authorities. The department must submit a detailed report explaining how they plan to resolve the matter as a matter of urgency.