The elderly in attendance during Limpopo Legislature’s 2017 Older Person’s Parliament at Moses Mabotha Civic hall in Ga-Nkoana village last Wednesday.
GA-NKOANA – In a move to address challenges elderly persons continue to face, Limpopo Legislature hosted the 2017 Older Person’s Parliament in Fetakgomo-Greater Tubatse local municipality last Wednesday.
The sectoral parliament, held at Moses Mabotha Civic hall in Ga-Nkoana village, enjoyed attendance of more than 700 elderly person’s from all Sekhukhune district’s four local municipalities, namely Makhuduthamaga, Ephraim Mogale, Elias Motsoaledi and Fetakgomo-Greater-Tubatse.
The Older Person’s Parliament, which the Limpopo Legislature takes to all districts in the province, is planned with the intension to create a forum for public consideration of issues relating to older persons, which is a constitutional mandate.
This year’s sectoral parliament, chaired by former Member of Parliament (MP) and ANC stalwart, Lydia Komape was held under the theme: “Older Persons’ Celebrating democratic right to Protection and Respect without any discrimination and abuse as members of the public.
It debated issues on combating abuse of elderly, challenges for fighting poverty-social security, participation and involvement of elderly persons in Law-Making Processes and empowerment of young generation-intergenerational.
Speaking on combating abuse of elderly persons, Dorah Base, Older persons’ rights activist, said it was worrisome that most elderly persons, who continued to face abuse, were scared to speak out.
Base said elderly persons continued to be subjected to abuses in the form of physical, sexual, psychological and economic.
“We need sessions such as this one where elderly people will be given a platform to come together and be able to speak about issues directly affecting them,” advised Base.
She added that most perpetrators of elderly persons’ abuse were known to the abused elderly persons and that the abused were afraid to report them.
Speaking on behalf of the Sekhukhune District Municipality Executive Mayor, Stan Ramaila, Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Special Programs, Yvone Mmakola, said they were confident of the success of the parliament in its mission.