Elderly abuse still rife in the country
09 May 2012
South African First Lady Nompumelelo Zuma addressed a crowd in Gugulethu in Cape Town on Tuesday.
Just over 2 500 elderly people gathered to join in the discussions about the violations of the rights of the elderly.
This was the first of a series of events in the country.
The series is a plan by the Lilitha Labantu organisation, they focus on addressing violence against women and children.
Executive Director Mandisa Monakali said that the first lady spoke about a family friend, an elderly woman who was killed by a youngster.
She added that one of the most shocking reasons why the elderly are abused is because of their pensioners grants.
Monakali said most of the elderly don’t enjoy the grant because some of them are beaten for the money.