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SolidaritySolidarity has demanded urgent action from the Department of Education to ensure health and safety at Kakamas High School in the Northern Cape in order to prevent a possible tragedy for children and teachers.

According to the trade union, pupils and teachers at the school are exposed to major health and safety risks. Among the shortcomings are not only neglected and dirty classrooms and bathrooms, but also dangerous electrical installations, the absence of an electrical certificate of compliance and fire-fighting equipment that apparently is not serviced and maintained annually. There is a lack of basic first-aid equipment and staff have not been trained in first aid. Solidarity reports that late in 2023 it wrote to the school about the problems, but received no reply. A complaint was also referred to the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) Inspectorate. The DEL visited the school in January this year and issued a notice to which the school had to comply within 60 days. A follow-up visit on 4 April by the Inspectorate found that the school had still not addressed the issues, and a notice was issued recommending criminal prosecution. Johan Böning, head of Solidarity's division for occupational health and safety, said the situation at the school was unacceptable and criminal prosecution appeared to be the only remaining course of action to force the school to comply with the law.

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