Cape Town - The Department of Social Development has distanced itself from the controversial Al-Noor Orphanage Centre after evidence of a fraudulent letter came to the fore.
In a statement the department said, "We would like to warn the public about fake letters of endorsement being distributed by the Al-Noor Orphanage in Cape Town. It has recently been brought to the attention of the department that an endorsement letter for holiday programmes at Al-Noor, purporting to be by direction of former Social Development MEC Albert Fritz, has been sent to several organisations."
“I condemn the misuse of my name in this document. Direction was not given from my office, as stated in the document, to support a holiday programme facilitated by Al-Noor Orphanage.” said Fritz.
The department has referred the matter to Western Cape Forensics Services, who will lodge a case of fraud with the police.
Upon reviewing the document, the DSD said it found that it had no employee by that name on the document.