Old age home manager claims he is entitled to residents' Sassa grants

The Lodewyk Spies Home in Eersterust is accused of abusing the elderly residents living in the home.

The Eersterust Concerned Residents Home accuses the home of ill-treating the elderly and misusing funds it receives from the Department of Social Development.

DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Social Development, Justus De Goede says they are concerned about the misuse of funds the home receives from Social Development.

One of the key issues we are investigating is the claim made by the home manager that he is entitled to keep the Sassa cards and to keep 70% of the grant each month from each person.

Justus De Goede, DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Social Development

It is claimed that this is permitted by the Elderly Persons Act and I am looking at the Act under a microscope to see if this type of action is allowed.

Justus De Goede, DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Social Development

However, Pastor Les Sanabria from the Human Rights Commission says it is allowed that 90% of the grant to be deducted and the remaining 10% be given to the people as pocket money.

There is a disparity as far as the social development subsidy is concerned. They do not subsidise as per unit cost. and some of these old age homes would cost about R5 000 at least to house an older person.

Pastor Les Sanabria, Human Rights Commission

Now you do have abuses with regards to that and abuses need to be reported to the closest department of social development office.

Pastor Les Sanabria, Human Rights Commission

Listen to how many old age homes DSD is subsidising in Gauteng:


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