- A schoolgirl drowned in a pit latrine last week
- South Africans have launched an online fundraising campaign
- The aim is to eliminate pit toilets from schools
Following the drowning of five-year-old Lumka Mketwa in a school pit toilet last week, South Africans have decided to take matters into their own hands.
An online fundraising campaign has kicked off with the aim of eliminating pit toilets from all South African schools, Briefly.co.za established.
Fiona Phillips and Genn Kvevli, who are based in Paarl, Western Cape, launched the campaign on the gogetfunding.com website last week.
They set a target of R100,000 and have raised about R7,000 so far. The two fundraisers explained the urgency of their initiative:
How many children have to suffer this completely undignified and totally preventable way before action is taken to eliminate pit toilets from our schools?
Please share far and wide, and let's try to raise enough money to eliminate pit toilets from all South African schools once and for all!!
We owe it to the innocent children ... to the future of our beautiful country!!
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The incident, which happened at Luna Primary School in Bizana, Eastern Cape, shocked South Africans across the country.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has ordered the Department of Basic Education to conduct an audit of all learning facilities with unsafe structures within a month.
He also ordered the Department to come up with a plan to rectify the challenges on an emergency basis within three months.
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To contribute to the fundraising, click here.
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