Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
Premium Journalist
6 minute read
11 Aug 2021
5:41 pm

‘Dodgy’ Bosmont centre for abuse survivors to be shut down after drug allegations

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

The shelter for abused women and children paints a grim picture of a community in crisis, following allegations of rampant drug use by staff members and residents.

Michelle Pretorius cares for her 6-month-old daughter, 28 July 2021, in their room at the Village 2.0 Women's Shelter in Bosmont. Allegations have been made that the centre is being poorly managed, which the management refute. Picture: Michel Bega

"How can we be the bad guys?" asks an agitated Francis van Heerden, founder of a care centre for abuse survivors and victims of gender-based crimes in Bosmont, Johannesburg, over allegations that their facility is nothing more than a haven for drug users to squat in. The shelter for abused women and children paints a grim picture of a community in crisis, following allegations of rampant drug use by staff members and residents. This as community outreach programs nationwide experience increasing pressure and demand for service at a time when resources are scant. It all began with a community activist...