By Anees Teladia The Western Cape Women’s Shelter Movement (WCWSM) and the National Shelter Movement of South Africa (NSM) have called on government to address funding shortages which are preventing the improvement of inadequate shelters for abused women in South Africa. Despite the harsh weather conditions, the organizations held a[…]
The Department of Social Development has confirmed that an eight-month-old baby has been removed from her Bonteheuwel home and placed into the care of social services. The infant was allegedly raped and sexually assaulted over the weekend in Bonteheuwel. Police spokesperson FC Van Wyk earlier said an investigation into the[…]
MEC for Social Development Sharna Fernandez says her department has uncovered strong evidence that children were sexually abused at the Al Noor Orphanage. The Woodstock childcare facility is under immense scrutiny, after it was shut down by the Department of Social Development last week over accusations of sexual and physical[…]
The founder of the controversial Al Noor Orphanage in Woodstock made her first appearance in the Cape Town magistrates court on Tuesday, on charges of fraud and corruption. Amani Fonguh Okpara (49), known as ‘Amina Madien’ is accused of using funds donated to the institution and redirecting it to a[…]
Authorities have removed 17 children from the Al Noor Child and Youth Care Centre in Woodstock after conducting a preliminary investigation into several serious complaints of alleged physical and sexual abuse at the centre. The provincial Department of Social Development said the children have been placed in other child and[…]
A 32 year-old woman has been charged for murder, after she allegedly choked her newborn son to death and hid him under a mattress. The woman was arrested over the weekend and will appear in the Mitchell’s Plain Magistrates Court tomorrow. The Western Cape Department of Social Development has confirmed[…]
The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) will assist the police in their investigation of a neonaticide (intentional killing of a baby within first 28 days of life), after the body of a newborn baby was found in a plastic bag and left on the streets in Goodwood on[…]
By Abubaker Abrahams The Departments of Economic Opportunities and Social Development in the Western Cape have announced a ground-breaking women empowerment initiative. The announcement was made at Sisters Incorporated, one of the social development department’s funded shelters for abused women. In a study done by the World Health Organization, it[…]
Last week, leading experts attended a three day workshop at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) under the theme “Promoting Inclusiveness in Addressing Youth Networks of Gang Violence in South Africa.” The event brought together experts from a range of fields including academics, NGO’s, and social development agencies. Also[…]
The recent surfacing of a video in which alleged minors appear to be engaging in sexual intercourse has shocked the Cape Town community. In the approximately minute long video, a minor is seen recording two individuals who appear to be minors engaging in sexual intercourse, while making ‘lewd’ hand gestures[…]
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