Gauteng MEC for Social Development Nandi Mayathula-Khoza has offered free accommodation to the disabled and poor residents of the St Giles Home for the Disabled in Kensington.
The home will be privatised from next month (February) and four of its tenants will not be expected to pay their monthly rent.
After having a meeting with the board and management of the home, the department found it difficult to bail the home out financially as the new costs at the home are estimated at R11 000 a month per person.
MEC Mayathula-Khoza said that they would be relocating tenants who cannot pay their fees to state run institutions and have placed social workers at the centre to handle the relocation, they have also involved the Human Rights Commission (HRC).
“We will be inviting the HRC to observe and guide the relocation process so that it is done with maximum care,” MEC Mayathula-Khoza said.
She also said that the department could not continue to fund the centre at the current cost and if they did, it would mean taking away funds meant for other projects and poor people.
“We are already under pressure as we respond to poverty, unemployment and job creation initiatives. We are spending over R2.2 billion, which is 52% of our budget on Non-Profit Organisation funding in the current financial year,” she added.
In addition, Mayathula Khoza said the budget of the department was also being channelled to fight drug problems in the province.