After the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Gauteng Legislature recently exposed the alleged illegal activity at the Genadeplaas Rehabilitation centre in Hammanskraal, more people have come forward with damning information.

The letter below is a cry for help written by Dean Peterson, a resident of Genadeplaas, early last year in an attempt to highlight the ill-treatment of patients.

Another incident brought to my attention involves Mr van der Westhuizen, a heroin addict, who was sent to Genadeplaas by Vanderbijlpark Magistrate Retha Venter.

His father, Pastor van der Westhuizen, recently phoned Genadeplaas to inquire about his son’s progress and was then informed that his son had been missing since the 7th of February. No case was filed at the police station and no one notified Pastor van der Westhuizen of his son’s disappearance.

Genadeplaas is not a registered facility and does not have the necessary infrastructure to rehabilitate drug addicts.

I have written to Gauteng Health and Social Development MEC, Ntombi Mekgwe, appealing to her to launch a comprehensive investigation into the goings-on at Genadeplaas.

Hendrika Kruger, DA MPL

DA Gauteng Social Development spokesperson

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