SA needs wisdom of elders - Zuma

2012-09-30 21:53
Jacob Zuma (GCIS, Sapa)

Jacob Zuma (GCIS, Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Older people possess the experience and the wisdom that South Africa needs, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday.

"We urge older persons to join us in teaching our young people what it means to be good citizens, who are guided by the understanding of respect and ubuntu," he said.

"You spend a lot of time with grandchildren, and can contribute to inculcating these positive values at an early age, so that we can build a better society."

Zuma was speaking at the celebration of International Day of Older Persons at the Presidential Guest House in Pretoria and said the day is an opportunity to celebrate senior citizens and to highlight their concerns.

The United Nations designated 1 October 1 as International Day of Older Persons.

Zuma added that the police have been instructed to ensure that the needs of elderly people and other people with special needs are taken into account when they have a problem.

He said women of 94 being raped, was not acceptable.

"Anyone who rapes senior citizens is not worth being called a human being."

The role of a grandmother was an important one as many grandmothers looked after children whose parents died, Zuma said.

He said that government extended the reach of the old age pension grant allowing men to obtain the grant at the age of 60 years.

"We trust that this has contributed a great to alleviating need and poverty amongst older men," he said.

"Older persons also qualify for free access to essential services such as water, health, housing, and energy. We trust that most of you know these services and access them."

Zuma also thanked the older generation for their contribution they make to society and their families.

 
Read more on:    jacob zuma

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
51 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.