Shelter enforces security after abuse claims

New security measures are in place at the St. Michael homeless shelter after claims of abuse.

The Western Cape government has implemented new safety and security measures at a home for abused girls in the wake of allegations of abuse. Picture:

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Department of Social Development has implemented new safety and security measures at a home for abused girls, it said on Monday.

It comes in the wake of allegations that some girls at the St. Michaels Home for Abused Teenage Girls in Plumstead were molesting others.

The department launched its investigation after a Cape Town therapist blew the whistle about sexual abuse at St. Michaels.

The woman told Eyewitness News management at the place of safety had repeatedly turned a blind eye to the allegations.

Investigators from the department interviewed those staying at shelter, as well as staff and board members.

The department's Melany Kuhn said "The allegations have all been tested and some of them have proven to be true. At this point measures have been put in place to safeguard and protect the girls."

Allegations of sexual misconduct have also been levelled against a male employee.

The department said they've opened a criminal case against him.

Recommendations will be made to the board once the department's investigation is finalised, which Kuhn said would be by the end of this week.