Monday 22 April

The appeal in the case of Komape v Minister of Basic Education and Others will be heard by the Supreme Court of Appeal (the “SCA”) on 2 September 2019. SECTION27 will be representing the family of Michael Komape in their efforts to seek justice following the death of their son. Michael fell into a pit toilet at Mahlodumela Primary School in the Limpopo Province and tragically drowned in human excrement. On 23 April 2018, Judge J Muller dismissed the family’s claims; the first was a delictual claim for damages for emotional trauma, the second was a claim for grief suffered alternatively, constitutional damages and the third related to future medical expenses for the family, this was partially granted.

SECTION27 is appealing all the dismissed damages claims as well as the court a quo’s refusal to grant a declaratory order. The arguments to be made in the SCA are available at here


In the build-up to the hearing we have published a series of op-eds that you can read here as well as messages of support that you can view here. In order to show your support, follow us on all our social media platforms using the hashtag #Justice4Michael #IStandWithMichael #FixSanitationNow


If you are in Bloemfontein today, join us for a panel discussion on the case at the University of Free State at 6pm. Invitation

SECTION27 wishes to express our gratitude to Legal Aid South Africa for funding Counsel’s fees in the hearing of the case as we seek justice for the Komape family.

For more details contact
Zukiswa Pikoli



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