Court prevents social development department from relocating patients to Mpumalanga care facility

The Sunfield Fortuna house outside Balfour in Mpumalanga. Photo: Felix Dlangamandla

The High Court sitting in Mbombela prohibited the Department of Social Development from moving disabled patients from a care facility.

AfriForum sued the department for threatening to relocate 36 patients with disabilities.

The patients, from Sunfield Home Fortuna, outside Balfour, receive disability benefits.

The home claims that in 14 years there has been no increase. The 36 patients receive a monthly subsidy of approximately R1,900 each.

After advocating for an increase in the grant, the department threatened to move the patients from the home.

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On Tuesday, the court issued an order stopping the relocation of the patients. The court ordered the appointment of a curator.

“This is a big win in a David and Goliath story, where the government treats the most vulnerable in our society unfairly and even threatens them,” said Ernst van Zyl of AfriForum.

“Today’s victory underscores the importance of civil rights organizations, like AfriForum, in a country with a government without a conscience.”

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