Police in Eastern Cape has opened an inquest case after the body of the four-year-old girl was found inside a pit latrine school toilet. The girl was discovered when the mother went to school to enquire about the whereabouts of her child who didn’t return from school on Monday 06 March.
The incident happened at a primary school in Vaalbank Administrative Area in Glen Grey.
“A preliminary investigation led to the recovery of the learner’s body in one of the school’s pit toilets. Members from SAPS Search and Rescue retrieved her body. Circumstances surrounding the incident are forming part of the investigation. Police have opened an inquest docket,” said police spokesperson in the area Warrant Officer Majola Nkohli.
This is not the first time a child has fallen in a pit latrine at Eastern Cape schools. In 2018, Lumka Mketwa, a grade R learner from Luna primary school in Mbizana suffered the same fate. The incident also happened in March. After Lumka’s death, the government promised to eradicate pit latrines from schools but very little has been done.
Besides Eastern Cape, another boy Michael Komape also fell in a pit latrine at Mahlodumela primary school in 2014.