2000

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


SEXUAL ABUSE OF AN ELDERLY WOMAN

STATEMENT ISSUED BY MTUTUZELI MBADI, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR WELFARE

The UDM condemns incest in whatever form. It is a new dimension in our African Cultural Society and it is further condemned when the elderly are the victims.

The UDM is aware of financial abuse of the elderly, usually by their own sons and daughters. This stems from the fact that there is lack of employment, especially in the deep rural communities. These sons and daughters have been disappointed and disillusioned in the urban areas. The Poverty Relief Fund has not alleviated poverty in the rural areas.

The UDM urges the Government to intervene in this scourge of financial abuse of the elderly by properly managing and monitoring of the Poverty Relief Fund. This fund should offer employment to the unemployed daughters and sons of the elderly in the rural areas, and in that way bring relief to the lives of those affected the worst.

Enquiries:
Prof Mtutuzeli Mbadi, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Welfare

Cape Town
13 June 2000