According to a report by Global Citizen, hundreds of South African children have allegedly drowned in pit toilets over the past few years. However, how true is this claim? Research indicated that the number is bloated and the real amount is much lower.
The world was shocked when a report surfaced that claimed that hundreds of children have died in the pit toilets of South Africa.
It does sound terrible - children dying in schools where they are supposed to receive an education.
However, research by africacheck.org indicates that this number is very unrealistic and that not nearly as many children have passed away in incidents involving pit toilets.
Yes, children have died in pit toilets in South Africa, but not hundreds of them.
Briefly.co.za gathered that in total, 4 children have passed away in pit toilets, according to official reports. Two drowned, and two died when the walls of school toilets fell on them.
In recent years, Lumka Mkhethwa and Michael Komape drowned in pit toilets. Both were 5 years old.
Michael died at Mahlodumela Primary School in Limpopo and Lumka at Luna Primary School in the Eastern Cape province.
Lister Magongwa passed away at Mmushi Primary School in Limpopo after a toilet's walls collapsed on him. He was 7.
Siyamthanda Mtunu died after the walls of a toilet collapsed on him at Dalasile Primary School in the Eastern Cape. He was 6-years-old.
In conclusion, the report by Global Citizen was inaccurate and not based on fact.
It is hoped the South African government will take this matter seriously so that no future deaths will be suffered.
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