Legal assistance at home for disabled – Afriforum – Policy
The organization warns the DSD, declares that the Department’s decision does not serve the best interests of residents
Afriforum provides legal assistance at the reception of people with disabilities and puts the Ministry of Social Development in notice
August 23, 2022
The Afriforum civil rights organization provides legal assistance to Sunfield Home Fortuna, a home for physical and mental disabled, because the government has refused to increase the amount of the subsidy over the past 14 years. The Ministry of Social Development is now threatening to relocate all state -subsidized residents. Afriforum has today sent a lawyer to this department concerning the decision to move the residence.
Over the past 14 years, the amount of the quarterly subsidy received by Sunfield Home has remained unchanged at 1,984 rands per resident and per month. This is equivalent to a monthly shortfall of R6 852.03 per capita in their 2022/23 budget. Even if the home wrote to the ministry to bring the question to his attention, to date, he has not received an official answer, despite many requests.
In August 2022, the home was contacted by Zandile Mabena, from the Dipaleseng office of the department, who informed them that the department would go to the home to consult the files of their state resident, because they were going to be placed in D ‘Other homes. The department then visited them on August 16, 2022 for this purpose. They were informed that the department has given instructions that residents must be relocated to other homes, returned to family members or reintegrated into the company by the end of September 2022.
According to the legal team of Afriforum, the Department’s decision to refuse to increase the subsidies of state residents and to relocate them rather in other homes, in their families or in society is unconstitutional, unreasonable, unjustifiable, unjustifiable, unjustifiable and irrational. It seems that this decision of the ministry was taken for an unspeakable purpose, since at least two residences located within a radius of 50 km from Sunfield Home receive double the amount of the ministry’s subsidy.