Mkhize: ‘Don’t abuse the elderly’

2012-10-01 00:00

PREMIER Zweli Mkhize yesterday called on people in the province to fight against acts of brutality against the elderly, especially women.

Mkhize was speaking at the KZN Legislature 2012 Senior Citizens’ Parliament held in Hammarsdale yesterday.

“The importance and value of senior citizens cannot be over-emphasised. The older generation is the one which contributed through their experience and knowledge to build the society of today,” said Mkhize.

“It is for these reasons that government commits itself to promoting and protecting the rights of older persons.”

He said central to the commitment was the acknowledgement that senior citizens had human rights like any other citizen.

“They have a right to participate in socio-economic activities that would improve the quality of their lives. They have a right to demand quality healthcare and adequate infrastructure such as housing, roads and decent education for their grandchildren. They have a right to demand access to basic services such as water and electricity.

“All government departments are therefore expected at all times to implement programmes that would benefit senior citizens,” said Mkhize.

— Witness Reporter.

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