Streaming issues? Report here
Refilwe Moloto 2019 1500 BW
Breakfast with Refilwe Moloto
06:00 - 09:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: Today with Kieno Kammies
See full line-up
Breakfast with Refilwe Moloto
06:00 - 09:00
Home
arrow_forward
Local
arrow_forward
Politics

Sexual abuse claims at CT orphanage, manager 'under the influence of alcohol'

18 June 2019 11:00 AM
Tags:
Woodstock
Cape Town
Social Development
Al-Noor Orphanage
MEC for Social Development Sharna Fernandez says after affidavits taken and charges laid, Al-Noor orphanage has been deregistered.

The Department of social welfare has removed 16 children from a local Woodstock orphanage. The head of the orphanage Amina Madien was arrested by the Hawks on charges of fraud and corruption.

Now allegations of sexual abuse have emerged.

CapeTalk contacted the orphanage and was told that only volunteers were present, and no staff members were available to talk to the radio station.

MEC for Social Development Sharna Fernandez talks to Lester Kiewit about what has happened.

There are two issues. The one is the matter of the children that were removed. And the other separate matter which is being undertaken by Saps and the Hawks, and that is the arrest of the owner.

Sharna Fernandez, MEC for Social Development - Western Province government

The timing is coincidental but it is two very separate issues.

Sharna Fernandez, MEC for Social Development - Western Province government

She responds to the allegations of sexual abuse at the orphanage.

It is so sad because, at a place where you should be protected, you are allegedly being abused.

Sharna Fernandez, MEC for Social Development - Western Province government

There has been an ongoing cloud of controversy hanging over the institution, she confirms.

Our most recent was a charge that was laid from two years ago. A child that had left the orphanage and placed in foster care and that young child alerted the foster parents to certain things that were happening.

Sharna Fernandez, MEC for Social Development - Western Province government

This case was handled by Saps and she acknowledges that it progressed rather slowly.

Then two weeks ago, on a Wednesday, we got a tip-off alleging sexual abuse and sexual grooming. We sent a team in and met with the manager and did a check.

Sharna Fernandez, MEC for Social Development - Western Province government

Interviews were then conducted with some children staying in the orphanage and others who had left. This resulted in three sworn affidavits and two additional cases being opened with the police.

We then realised we had a problem on our hands and we needed to move swiftly...to get the children out of that facility. hence the decision to go in on Monday and remove them to two of our youth care centres.

Sharna Fernandez, MEC for Social Development - Western Province government

She reiterates that discussions were held with the manager two weeks ago and the department has followed norms and standards regarding the checks.

When the team arrived on Monday to collect the children, the manager was under the influence of alcohol. He was then confronted and his response was that he was off duty.

Sharna Fernandez, MEC for Social Development - Western Province government

Most of the children have been placed in foster care and some even returned to their homes, says Fernandez.

It is actually quite scary what is surfacing.

Sharna Fernandez, MEC for Social Development - Western Province government

She says a fourth charge is being processed.

The department has chosen to deregister the facility.

Listen to the interview below:


18 June 2019 11:00 AM
Tags:
Woodstock
Cape Town
Social Development
Al-Noor Orphanage

More from Local

solar-rooftopjpg

Invest in solar cells for CT school, with promise of good returns

14 November 2019 6:00 PM

Groote Schuur High School's Paige du Plessis explains how the solar power partner project with Sun Exchange actually works.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

saa-flightjpg

What to do if you have a flight booked with SAA on Friday or Saturday

14 November 2019 4:45 PM

Spokesperson Tlali Tlali on strike-related cancellation of flights and whether fresh meeting with unions could change outlook.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

zapiro-on-the-yellow-couchjpg

Zapiro 'honoured and overwhelmed' to receive France's top cultural award

14 November 2019 2:51 PM

Jonathan 'Zapiro' Shapiro joins Pippa Hudson on the Yellow Couch for an in-depth interview.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

realistic-child-and-youth-care-centre-boys-with-ajax-facebook-png

Dis-Chem Foundation helps home for vulnerable boy children in Cape Town

14 November 2019 2:37 PM

Realistic Child and Youth Care Centre in Athlone receives a generous donation of a stove and gym equipment for the boys.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

snake-housejpg

Western Cape snake season: How to help a snake catcher help you

14 November 2019 2:14 PM

Reptile rescuers Tim Vorster and Shaun Macleod have some commonsense advice about what they need from you on a call-out.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

amaxhosa-kingjpg

Contralesa 'shocked' by death of AmaXhosa King Mpendulo Sigcawu

14 November 2019 2:09 PM

It is understood that 51-year-old king was rushed to hospital earlier this week due to ill health.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

attiysobcksbolpeh6wtjpg

Phase two of Lesotho Highlands Water Project commences

14 November 2019 1:54 PM

Department of Water and Sanitation spokesperson Sputnik Ratau says they are expecting water from the dam from 2024.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

saa-plane-ewnjpg

'If SAA meets our demands, we will be more than happy to call off strike'

14 November 2019 1:52 PM

Sacca president Zazi Nsibanyoni-Anyiam Mugambi says the airline needs to come to the party to avert the protest.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

UNHCR Pretoria

Refugees face trespassing charges as sit-in continues outside UNHCR offices

14 November 2019 1:44 PM

Demonstrators have staged a sit-in since October at the Pretoria offices because they fear xenophobic violence in South Africa.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

191113-kzn-tornado-edjpg

Pupils in tornado-hit KZN sent home, more severe storms expected

14 November 2019 12:57 PM

KZN Education MEC Kwazi Mshengu says those pupils writing exams will also be sent home if conditions warrant it.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

More from Politics

saa-plane-ewnjpg

'If SAA meets our demands, we will be more than happy to call off strike'

14 November 2019 1:52 PM

Sacca president Zazi Nsibanyoni-Anyiam Mugambi says the airline needs to come to the party to avert the protest.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

SAA

'Unions are making a mistake. SAA is dying. It’s not Eskom – we don’t need it'

14 November 2019 9:02 AM

SAA is on its knees, cap in hand, asking taxpayers for R2 billion this month. Unions must be careful, warns Guy Leitch (SA Flyer).

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

e-tolls

'If ANC continues to zig-zag on e-tolls it will be punished at polls'

13 November 2019 2:05 PM

Cosatu Gauteng provincial chairperson Amos Monyela says the federation is mobilising motorists to fight against the scheme.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

tornadojpg

KZN premier visits tornado-hit region, promises government support for families

13 November 2019 1:16 PM

Cogta MEC spokesperson Senzelwe Mzila says departments will assist the ravaged area after a tornado left 2 dead and many injured.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

SAA

We’ll shut you down! – unions to SAA ('overstaffed by any measure globally’)

13 November 2019 8:58 AM

The money-pit airline is fighting for its life. Bruce Whitfield interviews Theto Mahlakoana, a senior political reporter at EWN.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

191112-deputy-pp-interviewsjpg

Interviews for Deputy PP well underway

12 November 2019 1:34 PM

Eight candidates were nominated from a list of 19 individuals.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

saa-plane-ewnjpg

Unions and SAA at loggerheads over planned restructuring process

12 November 2019 1:32 PM

Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola and SAA interim chief financial officer Deon Fredericks discuss looming retrenchments.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

guptas-zumajpg

SIU describes practical process to recover R14.7 billion looted from state

12 November 2019 9:24 AM

Advocate Andy Mothibi Head of the Special Investigation Unit explains the actions being taken.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

191111-saldanha-arcelormittjpg

W Cape govt still hopes to avert ArcellorMittal closure in Saldanha Bay

12 November 2019 8:13 AM

Western Cape Provincial Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities David Maynier outlines options being proposed.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

181108-bonginkosi-madikizelajpg

Bonginkosi Madikizela says DA leadership position not completely off the table

11 November 2019 2:22 PM

The Democratic Alliance Western Cape leader says he is stepping back for now.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward