Probe into CT haven completed

A report shows a place of safety did not follow procedure when dealing with abuse cases.

A report shows a place of safety did not follow procedure when dealing with abuse cases.

CAPE TOWN - An investigation into allegations of sexual abuse at the St Michaels Home for Girls in Plumstead has revealed that proper procedures were not always followed when incidents were reported to management.

This emerged during the provincial Social Development Department's probe into the place of safety.

Eyewitness News reported two weeks ago that girls at the facility were allegedly molesting others in the house and that management had been turning a blind eye.

The Social Development Department says investigators have wrapped up their probe into allegations of abuse at St Michaels.

They are busy compiling a report which will soon be handed over to the board of St Michaels.

The department's Melany Kuhn says, "We will be recommending that certain corrective measures be put in place. Those processes were not always followed thoroughly when incidents of abuse were reported by the girls."

Allegations of sexual misconduct have also been levelled against a male employee and a criminal case has been opened against him.

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

Meanwhile, the Justice Department is expected to reopen specialised sexual violent courts following a spike in cases of rape.

According to statistics, a woman is raped every four minutes in South Africa.