Stranded women get flight tickets

2012-10-05 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Department of Social Development on Wednesday came to the rescue when 10 elderly women from Cape Town were stranded at King Shaka International Airport.

Spokesperson Vukani Mbhele said: “It was poor planning on their part. They came to KZN having bought one-way tickets. When they went back to the airport to return home, they found that the prices had gone up and they couldn’t afford tickets.”

When Thusi learnt of the women’s plight, she issued an instruction that they should receive assistance, and be put up in a safe and comfortable place.

“The department then booked overnight accommodation for the group and bought flight tickets for them to go back to the Western Cape,” said Mbhele.

Thusi had breakfast with the women and warned them to ensure they avoid such incidents in the future.

They belong to Nombasa, a Gugulethu-based organisation for elderly people.

“As government, we were very worried because such incidents expose older people to dangers. There are a lot of unscrupulous people out there who are always waiting to prey on vulnerable people,” said Thusi.

The group boarded a British Airways flight home at 2 pm yesterday afternoon.

When asked by The Witness how much the entire exercise had cost the taxpayer, Mbhele said it would be difficult to say at this stage as the bookings were made through an agency.

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