Michael Komape (pictured) disappeared after going to the toilet at his school in Limpopo province, South Africa
A mother has wept in court as she described finding the body of her five-year-old son after he drowned in a school latrine in South Africa.
Michael Komape, a pupil at Mahlodumela Primary School in the northern Limpopo province, disappeared after going to the toilet.
His mother, Rosina, told a court that she received a call from the head teacher who had been told the youngster had fallen into the school’s pit latrine. When she arrived, she saw her son’s arm ‘but could not see the rest of his body’.
Mrs Komape fainted and later said the family had been traumatised by the incident, on January 20, 2014.
She and husband James decided to sue the Minister of Basic Education, which denies responsibility for the drowning. They have claimed the toilets were dilapidated and not fit for human use.
According to the BBC, they are are also suing the Limpopo education ministry and the school head teacher, claiming they acted negligently or in violation of learners’ constitutional right to a basic education.
The defendants claim the child’s death was an accident and not the result of negligence.
The incident sparked outrage in South Africa and authorities have come under fire for their handling of the case.
The case is expected to last three weeks.
When the boy’s mother arrived at the school, she saw her son’s arm ‘but could not see the rest of his body’. Pictured: The toilets at the school
The incident sparked outrage in South Africa and authorities have come under fire for their handling of the case