LATEST: Child and youth centre accused of mismanagement

The Democratic Alliance is calling for an investigation into alleged mismanagement at Don Mattera Child and Youth Centre in Edenvale.

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Children are placed at Don Mattera by the courts.
Mike Waters, the DA’s deputy chief whip in the National Assembly and Lethabong constituency head, alleged that a number of children who went missing from the centre were not reported missing to the police nor the Department of Social Development.

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Waters requested the chairperson of Parliament’s portfolio committee on social development to investigate the allegations.
“In February last year eight girls went missing. We have been informed that four of the girls were taken to Hillbrow and the other four to Alexandra, where they were exposed to child trafficking and drug syndicates. One of the missing girls who went missing from Don Mattera, a 14-year-old, was found prostituting in Yeoville and later returned to the care of her parents,” said Waters.

Edenvale SAPS communications officer, Captain Jean Olckers, has since confirmed that no child was reported missing to the Edenvale SAPS.

“We were made aware of the one girl who went missing and she was found in Yeoville a few days later,” said Olckers.

Waters also accused Don Mattera staff of not filing incident reports when children go missing or are abused.

“Several scandals at the home have sounded alarms over the management of the centre, which operates with little public oversight,” said Waters.

“We are extremely worried about the allegations made against Don Mattera,” said Mbangwa Xaba from the Gauteng Department of Social Development.

“These are outside of the department’s norms and standards, and we will update the public once we have a detailed response.”

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Marietta Lombard

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