New complaints have surfaced against Beitul Aman Home for the Aged, with claims that visitors have been denied access to the premises and food is not allowed. An anonymous caller told VOC on Monday that he was blocked at the entrance of the facility in Wynberg, when he went to visit someone and brought them something to eat. He explained that he was not given any reason for why he was turned away. The man claimed the old age home was extremely understaffed and underpaid.
“They don’t even allow their staff to go to jumuah on a Friday. All access to the premises is closed and no one is allowed to enter or leave during this time,” he said.
He has been visiting the centre for years and cannot understand why he is suddenly being denied access.
Chairperson, Mr Jeppie said certain people have been denied access to the home because they have made slanderous remarks to towards the home’s staff and its board members.
“We have always said that we welcome the public to visit the aged. People have been supporting and are still supporting the institution by coming to visit and bringing food stuff,” saod Jeppe.
However, he said that the public need to observe the protocols of the institution which means that they cannot just enter as they please at any given time.
Jeppe said those making these allegations are trying to bring the institution into disrepute by making “unfounded” allegations. This, Jeppe explained, is the reason he stopped certain people from entering the premises at any given time.
Even after these allegations which is not the first; the organisation remains adamant that they have been doing their best to keep the place running.
Jeppe stated that the department of social development has been there to inspect the premises and its books and they have been found to be in the clear.
He urged those making these allegations to speak to him and not hide behind the media. VOC (Imogen Vollenhoven)