‘Haunted’ family of pit toilet victim get R1.4m

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‘Haunted’ family of pit toilet victim get R1.4m

Judge cites Michael Komape’s ‘appalling’ death in filth as he turfs high court’s settlement of R12,000

Pathu Luvhengo and Ernest Mabuza

Flashbacks of their five-year-old son’s outstretched hand from the filth of the pit toilet he had drowned in will stay with his mom and dad forever.

This is one of the reasons the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on Wednesday ruled in favour of the late Michael Komape’s family, awarding damages of more than R1.4m for emotional shock and grief resulting from the January 2014 tragedy.

The SCA judgment overturned a Polokwane High Court decision to only award the family R12,000 in total...

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