Following the a viral video doing the rounds on social media showing two children selling home-made brooms on the street of Hluhluwe, KwaZulu-Natal Social Development MEC Nonhlanhla Khoza deployed a team of social workers to intervene to their plight.
Since Tuesday, 18 May 2021, the team of social workers has been on the ground coordinating interventions for the family.
MEC Khoza has been in contact with MEC for Public Works and Human Settlements, Mr Ntuthuko Sibiya, who is visiting the family today, in addressing the challenges faced by the children.
MEC Khoza said child labour would never be tolerated, hence a swift response to address the challenges faced by the family.
"The video circulating in social media was very concerning and unpleasant. Our social workers met the family on Tuesday to for profiling. The team has also ensured that the children in the family access child support grants. Equally, social workers ensured that the children return to school while other government interventions continue. Social Relief of Distress (SRD) has been provided to the family while psychosocial intervention continues," she said.
There has been a comprehensive government response to the family plight, she added.
"It is very important for our community to ensure that they report to government all challenges that are experienced by their neighbours. Our teams in government are always combat-ready to immediately respond to all challenges faced by our people," she said.
ISSUED BY THE KWAZULU-NATAL DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT