Gauteng Premier David Makhura has reassured the public that government will not hesitate to take action against civil servants who continue to fail to deliver services
This comes after officers at the Mamelodi Police Station allegedly failed to assist the family of Katlego Joja, a 10-year-old autistic girl who went missing and was later found dead.
Katlego’s body was found, after being dumped in a river.
Premier Makhura extended his condolences to the family and assured them that action will be taken against officials that failed to assist them during their time of need.
“When a government institution does well, we applaud them and when they fail our citizens it breaks our hearts and we are forced to intervene.
“The way in which Katlego’s family was told to come back after a certain period and was also taken from pillar to post at a time of distress is not the way in which government institutions should operate,” said Premier Makhura.
Premier Makhura also said that he was aware of the grievances launched by the community of Mamelodi regarding the poor service by the police in the area and would like to see immediate change of leadership at the station.
In addition, Premier Makhura said that the Gauteng government will support the family and will honour their wish to see action and accountability taken against those civil servants who did not meet the needs of citizens.
MEC Ramokgopa said that the department has begun working with departments in the social cluster to prioritise the needs of children with special needs.
“We are building special schools for children with autism and other special needs and have also introduced programmes to support children with special needs,” said MEC Ramokgopa.
In addition, Premier Makhura said that the Gauteng government has increased spending on building schools for children with special needs.