Oldies gets treat from the cops

Oldies who wore their dancing shoes, Mosoeu Lebedu and Emma Myburg, enjoy a dance at the Christmas party at the KwaThema Old Age Home.

Police, Afrisun and Carnival City brought smiles and joy to the senior citizens of KwaThema.

Staff from the Springs police cluster, KwaThema Community Police Forum (CPF), Afrisun and Carnival City brought joy to the senior citizens of KwaThema last Thursday.

Since crime tends to be rife during the festive season and the oldies are regarded as soft targets, the police and CPF did their bit to highlight criminal threats that seniors may face.

According to police spokesman Constable Andries Tshabalala, besides talking about criminal activities, they also acknowledged and celebrated the oldies. He says most senior citizens are abandoned by their families and need nurturing from the community.

“As the police we may not have anything tangible as presents to give but we have love for the oldies and although it is not their will to live this long, we want to thank them for being with us up to this day. We need to also motivate them to keep on manning their food garden here because through it they can fend for themselves. We hope the youth will take an interest and learn from them,” said Const Tshabalala.

Afrisun gave the oldies food parcels to enjoy this Christmas. According to Mduduzi Madonsela, they wish the oldies a merry Christmas and happy new year.

KwaThema Old Age Home chairman Snowy Mohlala said the efforts of everyone who made the party possible prove the community cares about pensioners.

“We are happy to see there are people who still value the lives of the elders and we are glad for that. People hardly recognise the pensioners and this means a lot to them. Thanks to everyone, especially ward councillor Freda Padi who played a huge role in seeing this party through,” said Snowy.

09 December 2010 | Mpho G Morereane