Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises Bulelani Magwanishe has called on men to take a stand against the abuse of women and children.
“If we abuse women and children, we … create an unstable society. We call upon men to take a stand because real men don’t abuse,” Deputy Minister Magwanishe said.
He was speaking to SAnews on the side-lines of an event for elderly people in Wattville, Benoni, on Wednesday.
As the country commemorates 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children, Deputy Minister Magwanishe said it was also important to focus on the elderly during this time.
“It is important that we focus on the elderly people because they bear the brunt of the abuse by young people and their grandchildren, so we felt that it would be important that we support them,” he said.
During the event which was attended by hundreds of people, Deputy Minister Magwanishe handed over uniforms to the local choir. Food parcels would also be delivered to centres that cater for the elderly in the area.
Bongani Ngomane, Chief Director: Regions and Institutions at the Gauteng Department of Social Development, said the province has taken the lead in the country in ensuring that the elderly are taken care of through its programme, Adopt a Gogo.
The programme is aimed at ensuring that the rights of the elderly are not violated. It also has intergenerational programmes which encourage young people to interact with seniors.
“We’ve got 100 adopters who are looking after 1 000 people in the province.
“Adopters visit the elderly people that they have adopted but also keep their ears on the ground for information on other elderly people who could be abused or at risk,” Ngomane said.
Through the programme Ngomane trains men and women to take care of elderly people. The adopters work closely with community organisations such as the community police forum, ward councillors, social workers, nurses and the police. The programme was launched last year.
Deputy Minister Magwanishe also encouraged those who are living with HIV/Aids to adopt a healthy lifestyle and take antiretroviral treatment.
“Being HIV positive doesn’t mean that you must have a negative attitude towards yourself,” he said.
SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICIAL NEWS