After reading about the closure of Eunice Mabaso's orphanage in Orange Farm, I could not help but wonder who exactly is benefiting from the action? The unregistered centre was operating illegally and I agree that it warrants action, but what confuses me is the action that the provincial government took.
Closing down the orphanage was not an option because of the staggering number of orphans that the government fails to cope with.
We, the community, want to do what we can to ease the burden of these children. Mabaso was doing something. The only problem was that she did not have the information on how to go about registering the orphanage. Isn't it social workers' duty to help register the facility?
It is an irony that Sowetan ran the story of the closure and another one saying black parents must adopt, on the same day. Wasn't Mabaso a good adoption candidate?
Isn't it better to have children in unregistered orphanages than on street corners sniffing glue and benzine and eventually resorting to crime to survive?
Knowledge is power and it is the duty of the government to empower people to do things for themselves instead of waiting for the government.
That is exactly what Mabaso was doing. Don't stifle her. Help her to accelerate her efforts. She has been doing great work since 1999, and those children need her.
Lungile Mdluli, Johannesburg