Soshanguve residents want answers from the Gauteng provincial government about why there has been no resolution to complaints about managerial issues at Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa Child and Youth care centre after four years of raising concerns.
The residents said they want the Gauteng Department of Social Development to intervene following claims of money laundering, corruption, gangsterism and maladministration at the centre. Scores of residents submitted a memorandum to the department’s chief director, Bongani Ngomane, who met the community on Tuesday in Shoshanguve.
Community member, Sabelo Ntuli, said residents have lodged a number of complaints with the department in the course of the past four years. Ntuli said they have been in constant communication with the social development department about allegations of corruption, nepotism and maladministration by top officials at the community centre.
He also claimed that community members who speak out against corruption are intimidated by gangsters who operate in the area. Soshanguve Ward 26 Councillor, Nomsa Ndlovu, said: “I have decided to write to the department with the support of the community so that they understand what is happening in the community because I have been reporting this problem for a very long time. My last meeting was with mama Nandi Mayathula-Khoza [former Gauteng Social Development MEC] regarding the appointment of contractors. Most young people in the community are not working and community members have lodged complains with me.”
Ndlovu said gangsters are terrorizing the community and employees at the centre are requested to pay money to secure their jobs. “We need the intervention of the department. The people who are recognized are the business forum and the gangsters who are going around calling themselves leaders of the community when they are actually not. Women are constantly victimized by men. Employees have complained that their monies are taken by our comrades,” she said.
Gauteng Department of Social Development refused to comment on the matter.