JUST IN: Edenvale SAPS to investigate Don Mattera Child and Youth Care Centre

Member of Parliament Mike Waters and councillor Bill Rundle (ward 19) speak to Edenvale Police Station's station commander Colonel Steven Moodley about Don Mattera Child and Youth Care Centre.

Edenvale SAPS started an investigation into Don Mattera Child and Youth Care Centre after it was made aware of allegations of underage sex, rape and sodomy at the centre.
The allegations were brought to the attention of Colonel Steven Moodley, Edenvale SAPS’ station commander, on March 12 by Member of Parliament Mike Waters and Ward 19 Clr Bill Rundle.

Also read: Former resident speaks out against Don Mattera Centre

“These are serious allegations. An investigation into the matter is underway,” said Moodley.

 Also read: EXCLUSIVE: Concerned staff member also alleges ‘sodomy and sexual misconduct’ at Don Mattera centre

Captain Jean Olckers, spokesperson for the Edenvale SAPS, said once the police receive a sworn statement, a case will be opened.

Also read: WATCH: Sodomy, underage sex and more added to list of allegations against Don Mattera Child and Youth Centre in Edenvale

Mbangwa Xaba, spokesperson for the Gauteng Department of Social Development, said the department is unaware of any investigation into the centre.
“We are only aware of the allegations raised by the Democratic Alliance and that is no basis for investigation,” said Xaba.

Also read: ‘Allegations against Don Mattera centre false and ill-motivated’ – Department of Social Development

“MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza recently visited the centre and requested that a report about the centre be compiled.”
Xaba said the MEC specifically requested information on why children were allowed to abscond from the centre.
Olckers urged anyone with information to phone 011 553 8600.

Also read: Edenvale child and youth centre accused of mismanagement

Stephan Lehman

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