Durbanites walk against elder abuse


Durbanites are set to step into action by participating in The Association for the Aged’s (Tafta) annual awareness walk in solidarity against abuse of the elderly.

Tafta encourages the community to show their support for the elderly by donning purple and joining the Elder Abuse Awareness Walk on Tuesday, June 13.

The walk which starts at the Durban City Hall at 9:30am, serves to commemorate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15 and forms part of Tafta’s ‘Do the Right Thing’ campaign – an initiative to highlight the plight of the elderly and advocate for their rights.

According to the South African Human Rights Commission, three percent of the complaints received during the last financial year were alleged violations on the grounds of age. However, a large percentage of elder abuse and neglect goes unreported.

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“The elderly are often the most forgotten and neglected members of society facing physical, psychological and even financial abuse. Therefore, it is essential to refocus people’s attention to the needs of the elderly because the welfare and protection of every vulnerable person is a shared responsibility,” said Tafta CEO, Femada Shamam.

She encouraged the community to show their support for the event. For information on how you can get involved visit our website: or Facebook page:

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