The Conty Lebepe Foundation has expressed shock at what they say are unacceptable and unsafe conditions that learners from Limpopo rural schools had to learn from. The province obtained a 79.5 percent pass rate during the recently announced Matric results. They finished seventh out of the nine provinces and are the most improved in terms of the results.

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But in a statement issued on Sunday, the foundation pointed out the conditions at Makgongoana High School under Capricorn District in particular.

“In thirty years of democracy, we still have to talk about basic human rights. This has to stop. Stakeholders, teachers, and learners of Makgongoana High School in Mankweng area under Capricorn District are not happy with the classrooms they are obliged to use on a daily basis,” they said.

“They were afforded mobile classrooms, which are overcrowded. Which in a way is unhealthy cause there is no ventilation and freedom of movement to both learners and teachers. Some of the old classrooms are full of wreckage materials from old classrooms. It is also a health hazard for anyone entering the premises.”

The Conty Lebepe Foundation has expressed shock at what they say are unacceptable and unsafe conditions at Limpopo schools.
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“The Department of Education expects brilliant results at the end of the year under these conditions.”

The foundation has made a plea to the MEC of Education Mrs Lerule-Ramakhanya to treat the challenge as an emergency.

“School Governing Body chairperson, Malesela Bopape says they tried engaging the Department of Education on the matter. But what they do is turn a blind eye and cry about the financial crisis. Parents, on the other hand, are threatening to take the law into their own hands if the matter isn’t given immediate attention.”

The Conty Lebepe Foundation has made a plea to the Department of Health in Limpopo to investigate the alleged case of neglect at Botlokwa Hospital, Capricorn District. This comes after a 22-year-old mother was discharged from the Hospital with a newborn baby who had a life-threatening condition.

According to the foundation, the mother gave birth to a child without Anorectal
Malformation (anus) to relieve himself. But surprisingly he got discharged in that state, the foundation alleged.

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The baby had to be readmitted back to the hospital. The child was later transferred to Mankweng Hospital to create a temporary procedure until the baby is three months old.

“According to simple knowledge, no child has to be discharged from a health facility after birth before releasing first stools on earth. Being born and discharged without an anus is a great risk and life-threatening,” they said in a statement.

Outcry as a newborn baby with life-threatening conditions discharged from the hospital in Limpopo
Mankweng Hospital


“CONLEF is disappointed by the handling of a maternity case by the Department of Health in Botlokwa. We are reliably informed that the Botlokwa Hospital have dismally failed to adhere to professional maternity protocols and processes that resulted in serious neglect and horrible discharge of a mother and the baby with severe life-threatening ailment. Normal, legal and professional protocols have also been ignored, something that put the life of the infant at risks.”

“As the Foundation, we are calling upon the MEC Dr Ramathuba to ensure that corrective measures are taken against all those involved in this saga. The impact of their negligence cannot be ascertained at this moment.

“We also believe that the authorities have the obligation to report this matter to various professional bodies,” they added.