Call to care for aged, stop abuse

Event organiser Agnes Shiburi said there was a high level of abuse and neglect of older people in the community.

Communities must learn to admire, care and love elderly citizens. Their abuse and neglect must come to an end.

This call was made during a Women’s day celebration mainly attended by elderly women at a pension payout point in Zone 4, Ga-Rankuwa on Wednesday.

Event organiser Agnes Shiburi said there was a high level of abuse and neglect of older people in communities.

“We chose to invite elderly women because they are extremely vulnerable,” said Shiburi.

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“They often experience discrimination, abuse, neglect and exploitation.”

She said many atrocities were committed against the elderly.

“One hears horror stories of older people who are abused and neglected by their own children or grandchildren who will even go to the extent of fighting them over their pension money.”

Speakers from the department of social development, SAPS and motivational speakers addressed the golden oldies.

“We want to say to them there are avenues for their problems.”

“That is why we have invited representatives from all these departments to come here and talk to them.”

Shiburi said the aim was to promote the status, well-being, safety and security of older persons, to maintain and protect their rights and to combat abuse of older persons.

“There is a serious need to advance the health and well-being in old age and to ensure enabling and supportive environments for older people in the community.”

“Community members need to remember the elderly cannot defend themselves physically and their living conditions are not always safe and they are easy targets for criminals.”

She said as a result, they were robbed and often lost their pension money.

“They are assaulted, raped and murdered – elderly women who live alone are increasingly in danger.”

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Recently, an elderly woman’s body was found in the bushes in Ga-Rankuwa.

Rachel Nozikha Sindane (61), who was wheelchair-bound, had gone missing from her home in Zone 21, Ga-Rankuwa on 15 May.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Matthews Nkoadi said Sindane’s body was found by a passerby.

“The resident noticed the decomposed body of a woman and alerted our members.”

“Preliminary investigations detected a struggle around the spot where the woman was found but could not notice any injuries due to the state of the body.”

Nkoadi said a post mortem would be conducted to determine the cause of death.

“Her son reported her missing at Ga-Rankuwa police station on 1 June and said she was totally dependent on family care.”

In an unrelated incident, eight pensioners were conned out of their pension money in Ga-Rankuwa at pension points.

They were left with fake money.

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David Matsena

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