Minister Zulu says elderly abuse violates their human rights as entrenched in the Constitution and the Older Persons Act 13 of 2006.
The Minister of Social Development Ms. Lindiwe Zulu says the abuse of elderly persons violates their human rights as entrenched in the Constitution and the
Older Persons Act 13 of 2006.
Minister Zulu says elderly abuse is a significant cause and comes in many forms, such as physical, emotional, or financial abuse.
“All South Africans must condemn this as it is equivalent to violating fundamental human rights as entrenched in the Constitution and the Older Persons Act 13 of 2006.”
Minister Zulus says elderly abuse often involves a family member.
As part of strengthening its awareness programmes, the minister said the department would continue to protect older persons and empower communities about Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other conditions affecting their health and well-being.
“Sadly, this is also the time of the year that we experience an increase in acts of violence against the most vulnerable – children, women, older persons, and persons with disabilities.
Zulus urge all South Africans to celebrate responsibly and keep those less privileged in their thoughts this festive season.
Zulus says it is also important for parents and caregivers to ensure the safety of children by knowing the whereabouts at all times as perpetrators prey on vulnerable children during this time.
“In promoting the 365 Days comprehensive Child Protection campaign, South Africans are reminded that everyone has the responsibility to ensure that children in their care are safe and always protected,” says Zulu.
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Minister Zulu says South Africans must be vigilant in case of elderly abuse and contact the centre for Gender Based Violence if they know of a case of abuse
“If you, or anyone you know, is being abused, or if you suspect someone you know may need help, please get in touch with the Gender Based Violence Command Centre on 0800 428 428 (0800 GBVF GBVF).
They can also access the command centre by sending a Please Call Me: *120*7867#, SMS ‘Help’: 31531, or Skype: Helpme GBV.
Minister Zulu also wished all South Africans a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
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