Ekuphumleni Old age home in Eastern Cape

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Ekuphumleni old age home: Residents ‘living in fear’ after rape of staffer

Family members of elderly residents at the Ekuphumleni Old Age Home have expressed concern for the safety of their family members.

Ekuphumleni Old age home in Eastern Cape

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Residents at Ekuphumleni Old Age Home in Eastern Cape are “fearing for their lives” after a staffer was allegedly raped during a burglary at gunpoint on Sunday 11 April.

The two attackers forced their way into the Ekuphumleni Home for the Aged at around 1:00 and subsequently crossed paths with the employee. The staffer was held at gunpoint and raped by the men.

The old age home – which accommodates sixty residents – is based in the Zwide township in Gqeberha, Eastern Cape. This is understood to be the first incident of this nature at the home in nearly 40 years and has left the elderly residents at the home traumatised.


Jon Ellen, who has a parent residing in the old age home told the SABC he’s very unhappy about the incident.

“My mom was a bit shaken up. It happened in another block, in the frail block and I just don’t understand why criminals will always focus on old people that are unable to help themselves and unable to defend themselves,” he said.

“The people that are supposed to be having years of retirement that have experience. Can’t we leave them in peace?” urged the son of another elderly resident.

In an interview with the SABC, Director of the Ekuphumleni Old Age Home, Monga Peter, said that restoring human dignity to those directly affected is now a priority.

“It’s only correct that we start with the people that were directly affected. The lady and the elderly in that block experienced trauma. Subsequently what we did was to bring in services of social workers to deal with trauma counselling and the lady now is being attended to. She is spending time at the shelter in Uitenhage.”


Department of Social Development spokesperson Mzukisi Solani said that they are disgusted by the despicable and immoral act. “This betrays the values that govern our society, especially values that are around the protection of our vulnerable people in our society,” he said

“Those people are the elderly people, the children and the frail. And in those instances, we want to call upon the community around the centre to take it upon themselves to ensure that the elderly and frail people in that centre are always protected,” Solani said.

The Department of Social Development is working with the centre to bolster security, they said.

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident.

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