Fritz hit back at critics

The Western Cape Department of Social Development says it has recruited more social workers.

The Western Cape Department of Social Development says it has recruited more social workers.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Department of Social Development on Sunday hit back at critics by saying it has appointed more social workers.

Many organisations have criticised the department for it's slow recruiting process.

Most recently, civic organisations which work with abused women and children, have launched the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children.

The programme which is by shelters like the Saartjie Baartman Centre believes there are too few social workers.

Social Development MEC Albert Fritz said more of these professionals have been appointed a few months ago.

"The Western Cape Department of Social Development appointed, on its permanent staff, an extra 69 new graduates social workers."

He said a chunk of its R1.3 billion budget is spent on centres which help abused women and children.

"R700 million of that goes to NGOs that assist, us among other things, with social work services."