KZN dept rejects DA criticism

2012-08-27 16:16
Durban - Claims that the registration of functioning children's homes in KwaZulu-Natal were being blocked were denied on Monday.

Those experiencing problems with registration did not meet the criteria, the provincial department of social development said.

"It is not that the department has a lot of red tape but we cannot allow people who don't meet the criteria to accommodate children to be registered," said spokeswoman Ncumisa Fandesi.

"The department has a responsibility to protect children, protecting the interest of children comes first."

The Democratic Alliance in the province earlier accused the department of blocking the registration of children's homes it said were already functioning.

"These homes are currently providing a valuable service yet face closure because they remain unregistered," member of the provincial legislature Makhosazana Mdlalose said on Monday.

Mdlalose said those managing the homes claimed they had met a brick wall after submitting the required paperwork with the department.

Fandesi encouraged applicants who had been turned down to find out why this had happened.

"We call on everyone who has been declined not to walk away but to come back to the department to find out why. The department is willing to assist."

KwaZulu-Natal had the highest number of children without both parents, the Witness reported on Monday.

According to the 2009/2010 annual survey for ordinary schools, KwaZulu-Natal had 187 225 double orphans (children without both parents) followed by the Eastern Cape with 92 973.

The latest statistics show there are 481 739 double orphans in South Africa, more than one million pupils without fathers, and 591,865 without mothers.

Read more on:    durban  |  pietermaritzburg

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Partner Content
Travel Dreams? Where would you rather be right now?

Partnered: Whether you're missing family overseas, dreaming of family adventures or romantic hideaways we all have that one place we'd rather be right now - but have you thought about the best way to get there?

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.