Elderly rescued from illegal old age home

2013-04-18 22:21

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Johannesburg - Twenty one bed-ridden elderly people were removed from an old age home in Maphumulo in KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday, Social Development MEC Wesizwe Thusi said.

"The elderly, all of them female, had been under the care of Masikane Christian Care Home for the Aged, which has been operating illegally."

She said the home forfeited its licence to operate as a non-profit organisation in 2010 when it failed to comply with regulations governing the Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) sector.

It had no running water, no electricity and residents had been kept in untidy and unhygienic conditions.

"Most of them were bed-ridden, had septic bed sores and required urgent medical attention."

They had since been moved to Umphumulo Hospital for medical check-ups and once they were discharged, they would be relocated to Zibambeleni Old Age Home in Clermont, Durban, Thusi said.

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