Social Development to investigate allegations of abuse at Gauteng care home – SABC News

Gauteng Social Development MEC Morakane Mosupyoe says she has sent a team to investigate allegations of elder abuse at Mohlakeng nursing home in Randfontein, west of Johannesburg.

Some staff have alleged that an elderly person died recently after being bitten by rats.

They also allege that the elderly are being fed expired and spoiled food. They also allege that relatives of the owner of the house use a minibus taxi, which should be used to take the elderly to the hospital for medical visits, for personal travel.

Five staff members were suspended for speaking out about the alleged abuse to the media.

Mosupyoe says elder abuse will not be tolerated.

“Drastic measures will be taken. So obviously we work within the law in South Africa. And if we have evidence and I suspect there is, people can’t make allegations for nothing. We will have to withdraw the support we give to the NGO. They will have the opportunity to give their story on the table but the investigation will be done. But what is important is the protection of the elderly. We will remove what causes them distress.

Efforts to get comments from the NGO have so far been unsuccessful.

Morning Live spoke to Mohlakeng Nursing Home administrator Elbie Botha and SABC specialist researcher Maswele Ralebona, who wrote the story:

Joel C. Hicks