11 March 2015
The Democratic Alliance has
laid a compliant with the Human Rights Commission regarding inhumane conditions
of toilets in schools around Johannesburg.
DA Deputy MP of Basic
Education Desiree van der Walt said after visiting several schools in the
province the conclusion is that the state of facilities at many schools in
Gauteng indeed rises to the level of assault on the human dignity and rights of
Van der Walt added that If you
go to a school, a clean running water and proper sanitation is a must and is
included in the norms and standards of infrastructure in the Department of
Education. School principals, school governing bodies and staff, must make sure
there is somebody that looks after these toilets, that they regularly clean and
that, they are all times in a working condition.
Meanwhile the Congress of
South African Students said the conditions of toilets in schools need to be
This as from its National
Working Committee Meeting Cosas has resolved on declaring this month to declare
burning questions of the state of school toilets in the country.
Cosas Secretary General
Khulekani Skosana said the toilets are dangerous and they continue to strip off
the dignity of the learners and teachers in schools.
Skosana added that they are
not happy with the state of toilets in many schools especially in the Eastern
Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal and Limpopo as the conditions of the toilets are very bad
“We are calling our government
to start building toilets in all the schools in the country as we find a
situation whereby many schools are not having toilets” Skosana said.
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