A group of senior citizens from Nyanga had a reason to celebrate when Nyanga police officers and members of the Nyanga Community Policing Forum (CPF) gave them food parcels on Sunday 9 May.
At least 270 senior citizens benefited.
Nyanga police station commander Brig Vuyisile Ncata described the event as part of giving back to the community.
Explaining how the event materialised, Ncata said the parcels were donated by Sugan Krishna Naidoo from Titan Cargo, at the Airport Industria.
“Naidoo was celebrating his birthday on Thursday 6 May, but instead of celebrating with his friends and family he approached us (police and CPF) through some members of Gift of the Givers. So, we came up with an idea to do something for senior citizens,” explained Ncata.
He said they donated the food parcels to various areas.
“We ensured that all the areas that are under the Nyanga precinct benefit. We started at Crossroads where we met at New Eisleben high and we donated 60 food parcels to the elders. Then we moved to Zolani Centre where we gave another 70 food parcels. Lastly, we moved to Browns Farm Community Hall in Browns Farm for 140 food parcels,” he said.
CPF secretary Dumisani Qwebe described the event as an expression of gratitude towards the elders for their role in their families and the community.
“The senior citizens are the ones who are looking after the grandchildren. They spend their old age grant to support them,” he said.
Qwebe urged the elders to report any wrongdoing to the nearest police station.
“We know that senior citizens are the victims in our society. Sometimes they are abused by their family members. We encourage them to speak out and refuse to be abused,” he said.
One of the beneficiaries Nowethu Khowa (68) from Browns Farm thanked the organisers for the great work.
She said the food parcel that she received will make a difference to her family.
“My children are not working, they were retrenched from work because of the Covid-19. The whole family is depending on my old age grant,” said Khowa, adding that she stays with her two children and five grandchildren.