17th September 2014.
“The sanitation crisis in Thembisa schools is
not only creating a health crisis in the area, it is indicative
of the lack of services to schools around the country. Instead
of the learning environment being a safe place, children are now
being exposed to major health risks” said IFP MP Petros Sithole.
This was in response to the on-going
sanitation crisis that has gripped Thembisa schools and the
lacklustre response by the Gauteng provincial government to the
“This is not the first time that this issue
has been raised and despite promises by Education MEC Panyaza
Lefusi to tackle the matter within the first 100 days of his
term, very little has been done.
Schools around Gauteng, including those in Katlehong
and Daveyton, are also desperate for infrastructure and though
the department has promised improvements, many scholars continue
to be exposed to unhygienic situations” said Sithole.
“Lack of proper sanitation cannot be a normal
part of school. How can scholars learn about health and proper
sanitation when their school conditions contradict what they
learn? This cannot be allowed to continue” said Sithole
Mr Petros Sithole, MP, 082 743