An investigation is currently under way by the department of social development (DSD) regarding the Beitun Nur Home for the Destitute in Schaapkraal.Sharna Fernandez, provincial minister of social development, says she received numerous calls and messages in response to a WhatsApp message that is circulating regarding the complaints around Beitun Nur Home.“I can confirm that we were alerted last week to a situation that is receiving our urgent and ongoing attention. “The department’s key focus is to ensure that we act in the best interest of the children. DSD is working closely with the complainants and all the relevant stakeholders.“The team out on the ground and the department’s officials will leave no stone unturned regarding this matter,” she says.Various issues around the governance and any other related matters, including the financial affairs of the home, need to be addressed.Whilst Beitun Nur is a registered non profit organisation (NPO), they are not registered with the provincial DSD. The home also does not receive funding from the department.“The protection of children, a key priority area for the department, is something that must be driven all year round and requires action from the whole of society. “All of us need to be doing far more to prevent cases of child abuse, neglect and murder.“Should you suspect any incidents of child abuse or/and child neglect, you may also report it by contacting the Western Cape DSD on 0800 220 250 or email SD. CustomerCare@westerncape.gov.za,” Fernandez says.V The public can also call the police on 10111, Childline on 0861 322 322 or Child Welfare South Africa on 0861 424 453.