WATCH: Ramaphosa launches initiative to eradicate school pit toilets

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JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa says the death of a five-year-old girl, in a school pit toilet, forced the government to provide decent sanitation. 

Ramaphosa was speaking at the launch of the Sanitation Appropriate for Education Initiative in Pretoria. 

The initiative follows Ramaphosa’s call for the eradication of unsafe schools and ablution facilities, and for an audit and plans to deal with all unsafe facilities.

“This is an initiative that will save lives and restore the dignity of tens of thousands of our nation’s children, as our constitution demands,” Ramaphosa said.

Ramaphosa emphasized that the initiative will spare generations of young South Africans the indignity, discomfort and danger of using pit latrines and other unsafe facilities in our schools.

Watch Ramaphosa's full speech in the video above