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The conditions under which the residents live is of grave concern to the department

CHASED: Reporters were yesterday chased out of the Bohepang Care Centre in Galeshewe, following a complaint from a member of the public regarding a person who was sitting on the ground in the centres yard with his feet wet and muddied by drain water that accumulated in the yard over the weekend. Picture: Supplied

REPORTERS were yesterday chased out of Bophelong Care Centre in Galeshewe, following a complaint from a member of the public regarding a person who was sitting on the ground in the centre’s yard with his feet wet and muddied by drain water that accumulated in the yard over the weekend.

The drain appears to have been blocked for some time.

Care workers indicated that they were not on duty on Sunday and that the elderly residents usually sat against the wall to warm themselves in the sun and not in the stormwater.

The manager of the centre stated that he was “a Christian and was doing an extremely good job” of taking care of the elderly and frail – when no one else was prepared to do it.

“You must think twice about publishing anything in the paper. Get out of here! Who gave you permission to come in here? The people are well cared for here and they get everything they need. There is no problem here and if there is a problem I will fix it.

“We are taking care of people’s mothers and one day you will want to send your mother here.”

He added that there was a political agenda against him because of his charitable deeds.

“They can see all the good work that I am doing and the jobs that I am creating and they want to punish me for that.”

Spokesperson for the provincial Department of Social Development, Gamiem Abrahams, said they would launch an investigation into the living conditions at the care centre.

“Bophelong Care Centre is not registered with the department and no funding is allocated to the management of the centre. However, the conditions under which the residents live is of grave concern to the department. We commit to ensure a full and thorough investigation into the centre as well as the treatment of residents and remedial steps implemented.”

Spokesperson for Sol Plaatje Municipality, Sello Matsie, indicated that although plumbing problems on a premises are up to the owner of the property to fix, they were prepared to assist.