Hendrika Kruger, DA MPL
DA Gauteng Social Development spokesperson
The Love in Action care centre in Mabopane, north of Pretoria, is still operating even though an investigation by the Gauteng Health and Social Development department found the facility unfit to care for children.
A report by the Department was done in February this year after I notified the Department of the terrible conditions in which children live. (The report is available from the media office. See details below.)
The investigation found that the center is not conducive for the upbringing of children as they have to share the premises with domestic animals and livestock. Furthermore the report stipulates that the center is not safe for children as they have to share accommodation with adults, many of whom are prisoners out on parole.
The Department’s plan of action was to secure alternative accommodation for the children and to receive an order by the children’s court ensuring the children be removed by the 8th of March this year. However, this has not happened and nothing has been done to change the circumstances.
The Love in Action facility is a registered Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) but not registered as a service provider with the Gauteng Health and Social Development department, which is a legal requirement. What is most worrying is that the Department states in the report that it has known of these serious concerns since 2008.
I yet again call on the Gauteng Social Development department to immediately arrange alternative accommodation for the children and ensure that no other children are sent there to be cared for.