Primary school claims the state blew R4.8 millon on 9 pit toilets

Primary school claims the state blew R4.8 millon on 9 pit toilets

- Something just doesn't seem right at Myolwa Senior Primary located in the Eastern Cape

- A recent probe has uncovered questionable circumstances including a sizable amount spent on pit toilets

- Samkelo Gqirhana, chair of the school governing body, expressed his disappointment in the state, who had committed to improving the situation

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The situation at Myolwa Senior Primary in located in KwaNyathi Village, Lusikisiki, is the very definition of an 'inappropriate' one.

The school does not posses a single permanent structure, relying instead on four prefabricated units that can't accommodate the entire school, ranging from Grade R to Grade 7.

Samkelo Gqirhana, chair of the schools governing body, claims that the department spent an inconceivable amount on 9 pit toilets- R 4.8 million:

“Something is dodgy about these toilets. Its only nine pit latrine toilets – five for the girls and four for the boys – and you say that costs R4.8 million? That is impossible,”

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According to City Press, when the children - some of whom walk 6 km to attend- aren't learning under trees, they are crammed into a dangerous mud structure.

The governing body had found out about the incredibly high price tag when government officials had investigated why the toilets had cost so much.

23 toilets will be built in total but only the nine have been completed thus far. The completion had been delayed due to holidays and subsequent contractual challenges.

The chair went on to say that the situation at the school, where the state has thus far failed to meet their promise of building an adequate school:

“We have been promised many times that the school will be built but nothing has come of it. This is really disappointing and embarrassing because this is my own government that is doing this to us. It’s the government of my own organisation, the ANC which has now deserted us,”

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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