Department of Social Development

Eight month old rape victim removed from home

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[…]

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Sufficient evidence of sexual abuse at Al Noor: MEC

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[…]

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Al Noor orphanage founder appears in court

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[…]

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MPlain mother arrested for murdering newborn baby

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[…]

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Newborn baby dumped in Goodwood

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[…]

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DSD tackles youth networks of gang violence

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[…]

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DSD, SAPS to investigate teen pornography video

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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