Should a bad story be allowed to hurt a good cause?

Thank you for your interest in the welfare of our children. They are our priority too. Because the ongoing and future care of the children in our care are our biggest concern, we respond here to the shocking, harmful and unfounded allegations made on the Devi Show on 12 May 2023. We hope you’re the kind of person to get both sides of a big media platform story before you make up your mind? So here’s our truth.

Our donor and stakeholder family speaks out

“We know Girls and Boys Town for the good and caring work they’ve always done. It would be sad to see your work harmed by a careless story. We ask others to believe in you as we do”
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Our CEO speaks out.

You’re likely to be here because you’ve come across the serious allegations made against Girls and Boys Town on the Devi show on Sunday 12 May 2024. And because you think it’s fair to get both sides of a story before deciding what’s true and what’s not. So thank you for your coming here with your open mind. And for your rare integrity.

First off, be very assured that Girls and Boys Town supports any independent investigation into any allegations of neglect or abuse of any child, anywhere at any time. We have been doing this ourselves for the past 66 years. We also respect any journalists’ obligation to report what they find. Even if the allegations are against one of our own facilities. As long as they’re true.

Some shocking allegations aired on the Devi Show were not. They were part of a fabricated conspiracy by a few staff lawfully dismissed or procedurally disciplined n 2023 for dereliction of their childcare duties. In an inexplicably twisted plot, of revenge a few rotten apples are now the heroes of the Devi Show story. And hundreds of our selfless and competent care givers around the country are now all villains.

Since the seemingly careless and irresponsible allegations were permitted to air, the welfare and treatment of our vulnerable children has been badly jeopardised. Our staff and children are now traumatised and vilified in their communities and families. And our organisation, a cornerstone of South Africa’s welfare service, may be hamstrung from serving the many thousands of children we help year on year. The damage is enduring and deep. The substantial setbacks to our work may be hailed as a win by the co-conspirators who will be brought to account soon. And selfish agenda’s may be served for a while. But the terrible loss with be felt by the very many thousands of abused and neglected children we are purported to have failed. And that is the unforgivable sin we’re asking you to judge here and now. And we’ll trust your decision when you’ve heard the case.

The future lives of our neglected and abused children demand that we tell our truth now. To do that, we respond to each allegation made on the Devi show. And we provide the context and the evidence the Devi Show refused to look at… Evidence the Devi Show would prefer you not to see.

Thank you for caring to listen…

Lee Loynes
CEO

How we responded

The allegations were first made known to us when Devi Sankaree Govender barged into a disciplinary hearing at our Magaliesburg campus, suspiciously bang on start time. We responded to the Devi Show allegations, comprehensively and in writing very shortly after. We also urged Devi to investigate the context and facts that the Child Protection Act and law prevented us from sharing. Devi disingenuously exploited or legal restriction to imply we had something to hide. We filed an urgent interdict to suspend an inaccurate story from running ahead of the filing of an independent report from the Department of Social Development that could disclose relevant information that we could not. . All our efforts were ignored and the show hit screens regardless. Why? ratings and journalism awards possibly? But then we’d also be speculating without the fact. Here’s a summary of our responses to the allegations and evidence .

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What’s on the Devi reel?
And what we say is real.

The images , sources and narratives that were flighted before the show, on the show and shared after the show, were designed to bias you, our donors that fund our work, and South Africa to believe that Girls and Boys Town are likely to be guilty of serious charges. The serious allegations are false, without context and unfounded. Here’s our response to the allegations and the context and you need to get to the truth:

The neglect of our children

The allegation:

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Our response:

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The proof:

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The consequences

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How our children feel now.

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What our good staff actually say.

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Words from our donors and stakeholders.

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