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Learners in Taung school forced to use unsafe, maggot-infested pit toilets


The Democratic Alliance will write to the MEC for Education, Wendy Matsemela, following an oversight inspection to Gobopamang Primary School, where the DA found that learners are still forced to make use of maggot-infested pit toilets.

The DA will request the MEC to immediately conduct an oversight inspection to the school and make provision for the school’s infrastructure to be upgraded as a matter of priority.

Parents informed the DA that the children sometimes resort to relieving themselves in the open veld to avoid making use of the unsanitary and dangerous pit toilets.

It is also concerning that due to a large number of learners, the teachers are unable to supervise and monitor the children when they use these unsafe pit toilets.

The school does not have piped water supply and rely on a water tanker that gets refilled by Sedibeng Water.

It is unacceptable that learners are subjected to these inhumane conditions that are hazardous to their health, wellbeing and safety.

The 45 year old school’s infrastructure is dilapidated, walls are cracked and risk collapse and the Department of Education has not made any provision for the upgrades of infrastructure.

Gobopamang Primary School is the only school in the Mothanthanyaneng area that has not been upgraded even though it’s infrastructure is in shambles.

It is completely unacceptable that our children have to learn in an unsafe environment. This is a direct violation of the children’s Constitutional and basic human rights to enjoy quality basic education.


Sello Seitlholo l DA

Rolina Vorster

Owner at News Everyday & CEO at DeodataDigital.