Our expert says:
Dear A Human
You speak of a sad practice which is unfortunately still a reality in many countries. In SA rehabs are 'governed' by the Department of Social Development, who registers all these centres and is responsible for monitoring them. They must now adhere to a set of minimum norms and standards, or face closure. I can tell you that in the Western Cape a number of centres have been closed because of this. Unfortuantely centres which may not want to register formally, could sometimes continue their activities under 'a different banner' or just unofficially, even though this is illegal. This is then probably a matter for the SAPS in most cases.
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