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Failed sanitation at schools violates children's rights

The death of five-year-old Lumka Mthethwa who fell into a pit latrine at her school in the Eastern Cape shook us all. And it was particularly hurtful, and disappointing given that we had seen such a tragic incident before when Micheal Komape, another five year old suffered the same death back in 2014. 

Recent Water Research Commission (WRC) research outcomes on the state of school sanitation found that failed sanitation is a widespread problem at South Africa’s rural schools and violates children’s rights to safety, health, and dignity, and those with special needs are inadequately supported.

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