Ilitha Labantu bowls for elders

2018-11-01 06:01
IIitha Labantu Community Development Officer Nomaxabiso Mqela addressing senior citizens during the event.PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

IIitha Labantu Community Development Officer Nomaxabiso Mqela addressing senior citizens during the event.PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

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Senior citizens in Khayelitsha converged at the Blue Hall in Site C last Saturday, to celebrate the end of the elderly month.

About 300 elders from Sites B and Site C attended the event, which was organised by Ilitha Labantu.

Those at the event were entertained with choral music.

Ilitha Labantu is a social service and educational organisation with a specific focus on addressing violence against women and children and supporting those affected. This is accomplished through individual and family counselling, workshops, skills training and empowerment and acting as a trusted advisor in government and community processes.

One of the senior citizens Nosizwe Mafu(64) from Section A in Site C, described the event as educational and informative.

“They (Ilitha Labantu) encouraged us to stand up and report any wrong doing done meted by our children on us. They said we mustn’t keep these things to ourselves because we can end up depressed and stressed,” said Mafu, who added that she has been abused by her children.

“They (children) used to take my money and buy alcohol until I reported them to my brothers and church members,” she said adding that she ended up chasing both of her sons out of her house.

Ndumie Funda, from the NGO, said their objective is to empower and educate the elders about the rights of senior citizens.

“Elders become easy targets in our communities. They get raped, abused physically, financially and emotionally, and are robbed of their pension grants as well.

As an organisation we are dealing with those issues and urge them to visit our offices,”.

Funda said the event coincided with the 100th years anniversary birthday of the late Struggle icon Mama Albertina Sisulu.

“As an organisation, we feel like it’s high time we celebrate their lives while they are still alive.

Let’s honour and acknowledge the role they have played in our societies now,” said Funda.

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