The Department of Basic Education and Limpopo Education Department (where the majority of pit toilets are found) repeatedly say they will prioritise eradicating pit toilets and upgrading sanitation at schools and yet the problem remains. Public interest law centre Section 27 believes that part of the issue in Limpopo lies with inaccurate, incomplete and contradictory data used to track the problem. The article shows that three official sets of data on the extent of the problem in 2018 are not the same. Furthermore, more recent data shows the problem is getting worse as existing infrastructure also degrades and is sometimes replaced with inadequate solutions.
As the Limpopo Department of Education has filed an affidavit stating that pit toilets will only be eradicated by 2030 due to budgetary constraints, Section 27 is returning to court to request an independent audit of sanitation needs in the province.
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