December 1, 2019

Older Persons Week which took place from 30 September to 6 October is a government-driven initiative aimed at addressing the challenges facing older persons in our communities.  

The purpose of the Constitution is to establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights and seeks to improve the quality of life of all.  

Older men and women enjoy the same rights under the Constitution as anyone else and they are further protected by the Older Persons Act which contains provisions to improve the lives of older South Africans. 

LegalWise was privileged to partner with the Mogale City Municipality's Department of Social Development during their Older Person's week activities in Muldersdrift and Hekpoort. The platform afforded LegalWise the opportunity to provide insights into the rights of the elderly in our communities with the hopes of addressing the issue of abuse of older persons.  

The LegalWise Legal Research team had this to say following the workshops, “It was of great concern to realise just how little participants knew about the law. Many are of the opinion that the law is against them and not there to protect them.” This, coupled with the negative perception communities have about the law results in many community members not knowing where to turn to for advice. 

Fortunately, the participants were more comfortable after basic legal procedures were explained to them. We also provided clarity on how they can ensure they don't complicate and delay their own matters by taking the law into their own hands or bypassing the correct procedures. 

 “One thing is for certain, there is definitely a thirst for legal knowledge and we urge all of our fellow Champions of Justice to go out and share their knowledge with their communities.”

LegalWise believes that through education and engagement with our communities, the law can be more accessible and citizens will be empowered to make informed legal choices. 

How can LegalWise help? Any person who feels his or her rights have been violated is encouraged to approach a LegalWise Branch for advice.

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Reinhard Slabbert addressing the issue of the rights of the elderly
Reinhard Slabbert addressing the issue of the rights of the elderly.
The communities of Hekpoort and Muldersdrift
The communities of Hekpoort and Muldersdrift participated in activities hosted by the Mogale City Department of Social Development for Older Persons Week aimed at addressing the challenges faced by older persons in our communities.