Social workers have visited the 80-year-old
Parkwood woman neighbours claim is being kept in her council flat against her
Monday, residents of Gerda Court in Parkwood told members of the media that Maureen
Johnson, whose mental state is said to be confused, was allegedly being kept
locked up by a couple.
The couple were also alleged to be
fraudulently collecting Johnson’s monthly pension.
However Social Development MEC Albert Fritz
confirms this is not true.
Frits said that the Departments social
workers went to investigate the whole matter and what they found was that the
lady who has the card is the legitimate proxy and has been given permission by
Johnson to go and collect her pension.
Frits adds that Johnson is unable and
incapable to collect her own pension.
Frits also said that there were article
going around saying that there were locks on the door and a big padlock, Frits
said this is untrue and there is no such thing, social workers did a thorough
search and Frits said he will personally be following up on it on Thursday morning.
Frits said the person is the legitimate proxy
of the house.
However the Department has seen it fit to arrange
for Ms Johnson to get home care based nursing, Frits said.
Labels: MEC Frits: 80 year old women not locked up against her will