'Children die in pit toilets, while MPs wear bling and designer suits'

Human rights group Section 27 has accused Minister Angie Motshega of crying 'crocodile tears' over the latest death of a school child in a pit latrine.

The organisation says officials continue to make excuses without taking action.

It lead Breakfast Show host Bongani Bingwa to question why it has taken the Minister of Basic Education nine years to act on the issue of pit toilets.

Last week Lumka Mkethwa died at Luna Primary school in Bizana after falling into a pit latrine. Her death follows that of learner Michael Kompane in Limpopo in 2014.

After nine years as minister, Angie Motshekga is responding as she should. But why has it taking an instruction from the new president to deal with this? Now? After NINE years as minister?

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show host

It may feel harsh, but what else is there to say? What is else is there to say when we continue to read scandals about public officials in swanky clothes and shiny cars with this going on?

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show host

Does it not make you want to vomit at the next opening of parliament when MPs in designer suits and dresses bling it up, while children are dying in pit toilets? When ministers are caught up in scandals relating to expensive hotels because they don't like water restrictions at the official residence? When ministers are caught up in scandals about luxury German cars at tax payers' expense?

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show host

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