ActionSA in the Western Cape has lodged complaints with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on behalf of a group of Khayelitsha foster mothers against the Western Cape Department of Social Development, the National Department of Social Development, the Western Cape Department of Education and the National Department of Home Affairs for the way in which these department’s actions and inactions compromise foster children in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.
The Khayelitsha foster mothers say that there are a number of ways in which government departments hamstring their ability to properly care for the children placed with them, including:
Foster children living in impoverished areas are the most vulnerable members of our society. These failures by government are a violation of the most basic Constitutional rights that these children have to care and protection.
We must act as one against all forms of injustice and actively work to build a fair, just and inclusive society. ActionSA is committed to increasing the efficiency of South Africa’s grant payments system and increasing access to social workers and mental health professionals in vulnerable communities.
ActionSA appreciates the work done by the SAHRC in the Western Cape and looks forward to action that will ensure that the foster children of Khayelitsha get the care and protection they deserve after repeatedly being let down.