Minister reaches out to elderly

2018-10-17 06:01
The minister of Social Development, Susan Shabangu, celebrating Grandparents’ Day in Kimberley on 7 October with the elderly and their grandchildren.Photo: Supplied

The minister of Social Development, Susan Shabangu, celebrating Grandparents’ Day in Kimberley on 7 October with the elderly and their grandchildren.Photo: Supplied

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The minister of Social Development, Susan Shabangu, celebrated Grandparents’ Day in Kimberley on 7 October with approximately 500 grandparents and their grandchildren attending the event at 3 South African Infantry (3 SAI) Military Base.

Speaking at the occasion, Shabangu urged the public to prevent and report the abuse, neglect and exploitation of older persons.

“Report any form of abuse of our senior citizens. The abuse of older persons is a crime and a gross violation of human rights. It must be reported to police and social workers in your areas,” Shabangu said.

She emphasised the valuable contribution older persons have played in society and issued Kimberley resident Margaret Seekoei, an old-age grant beneficiary, the new Sassa card.

Seekoei was overjoyed with excitement when she learnt that the new card prohibits unauthorised deductions.

“I have lost count of how many times I visited the local Sassa office to try and stop illegal deductions on my account. I did not give consent for the deductions nor did I have knowledge of what it was for.

“We welcome the minister’s announcement that the new Sassa card will prevent the unscrupulous insu­rance companies and loan sharks that prey on our vulnerabilities and illiteracy,” said Seekoei.

Due to high unemployment and poverty levels most households are dependent on the old-age grant.

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