Nearly a year after he wrote an open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa that his access to his late father’s estate had been blocked by officials at the Guardian’s Fund, Cape Town schoolboy Tiago Mendonca says he is still waiting for full access to the funds.

According to a Cape Argus report, after the news story appeared last February, some funds were paid towards his schooling. Tiago, now 15, claims ever since then it has been a battle to get money from the office of the Master of the High Court when he needs it, such as when he suffered from a bad case of asthma late last year.

His legal guardian, Clive Barrows, said: ‘Funds intended for his health are now desperately needed, especially in the current Covid-19 environment.’

A spokesperson for the Department of Justice & Constitutional Development, Stephen Mahlangu, said Barrows was the stumbling block in the matter.

Mahlangu said: ‘After looking closely into the facts of this matter, it has been found that the main issue has been that Mendonca’s legal guardian, Clive Barrows, has been unco-operative with the office that is dealing with this issue and has continuously refused to adhere to the process and requirements for application which would enable payments to be processed.’

A formal letter has been sent to Barrows as recently as 9 October 2020 which addressed his complaints and also served to advise him on the process that he needs to follow in order to remedy any delays in the payment of Mendonca’s allowance, medical costs and sundries.

Full Cape Argus report