Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert
Fritz said on Thursday that neighbours’ claims that a Parkwood pensioner is being
kept in her council flat against her will are false.
MEC Fritz visited 80year-old Maureen
Johnson’s Gerda Court flat on Thursday,
where he found a well looked-after woman in a neatly kept room with no padlocks
on the room door.
Fritz’s visit came after neighbours, who
initially said Johnson was being kept locked up by a couple.
Frits said firstly he would like to say thank you to all the people who alerted
the department to the plight and Frits adds that they want to thank anyone who generally
alerts the department about any other elderly person’s abuse.
Frits said that the investigation results
turned out and again informed the department that nothing was untoward in that
case, the people collecting the pension are the legal proxy’s as Mrs Johnson is
too old and frail.
Frits said that the department has now
brought in some home care based nurses in order to assist the couple, who are
taking care of Mrs Johnson.
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