SAHRC condemns attacks on elderly

2013-01-08 13:37
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Johannesburg - The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has condemned the ongoing physical and sexual abuse of elderly people.

The government should be taking more action to ensure their protection, SAHRC spokesperson Isaac Mangena said on Tuesday.

"Older persons in South Africa are protected by law. They ought to enjoy the rights contemplated in section nine of the Constitution of the Republic, and as envisaged by the Older Persons Act," he said.

"There is little evidence to show that this is actually happening and the increasing reports of abuse against the elderly are alarming and highlight their extreme vulnerability, regardless of the existing legislation enacted to protect them."

Latest attack

Numerous cases of elderly women being assaulted and raped had been reported in recent months.

According to the SAHRC, one of the latest attacks was on an 84-year-old woman from Pinetown, in KwaZulu-Natal.

She was kicked, punched and beaten with sticks by youngsters who ransacked her house on Christmas Day.

"Similar cases of attacks against the elderly, especially women, who are vulnerable and powerless to defend themselves, have been widely reported in the media particularly in KwaZulu-Natal province," said Mangena.

He said those responsible should face the full wrath of the law.

- SAPA

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