Urgent Notice from the Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez.
"I have received numerous calls and messages in response to a WhatsApp message that is circulating regarding the Beitun Nur Home for the Destitute in Schaapkraal.
I can confirm that we were alerted last week to a situation that is receiving our urgent and ongoing attention," says Minister Fernandez.
The Department of Social Development's key focus is to ensure that we act in the best interest of the children. DSD is working closely with the complainants and all the relevant stakeholders.
Minister Fernandez said: "The team out on the ground and the Department’s officials will leave no stone unturned regarding this matter."
Various issues around the governance and any other related matters, including the financial affairs of the home, need to be addressed.
Whilst Beitun Nur is a registered NPO, they are not registered with DSD in the Province and do not receive funding from our Department.
A detailed statement will follow once the investigation has been completed.
The protection of children, a key priority area for the Department of Social Development, is something that must be driven all year round and requires action from the whole of society. All of us need to be doing far more to prevent cases of child abuse, neglect and murder.
Should you suspect any incidences of child abuse or/and child neglect, you may also report it by contacting:
· Western Cape Department of Social Development: 0800 220 250
· Email: SD.CustomerCare@westerncape.gov.za
· Police: 10111
· Childline: 0861 322 322
· Child Welfare SA: 0861 424 453