MEC Must Probe Tsakane Old Age Home Disaster

Hendrika Kruger MPL DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Social Development The DA will request an urgent investigation by Gauteng Social Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza into the shocking living conditions at the Tsakane Old Age Home in Ekurhuleni. These problems stem directly from the Gauteng Department of Social Development’s inability to effectively perform its responsibilities in terms of the law. According to a recent support the home, which caters for 31 tenants, has become a home of disrepair and despair due to the flagrant abuse of power by members of the board. The board is shroud in controversy as it has exceeded its two year tender and has been mismanaging funds. Little to no concern is shown for the tenants of the home. The home receives an annual grant of R1.1 million from the department and takes an additional R850 a month from residents. This equates to approximately R4 000 per month per resident with a monthly total of R124 000 for the centre. The South African Social Security Act 2004 clearly states that if individuals are receiving assistance from the Government in the form of shelter or any other kind of support then they are not a eligible to receive a social grant. The board of the home knows this, yet has managed to exploit the system. Money is not paid to service providers as cheques are made out to board members. Ultimately this has an effect on the residents of the home in the form of food shortages are frequent, abuse of the home’s vehicle and the general decay of the building itself. The department has been alerted to this situation yet no action has been taken. The DA condemns the conduct of the home management and the failure of the department to act on it. The DA trusts that the MEC will investigate the matter with urgency.

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