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Elderly more prone to crime during this time of year

Christmas is usually a time to be jolly but for some, it’s the start of urban life nightmares.

MEC for Western Cape Social Development, Albert Fritz says at this time of the year they are normally inundated with calls from vulnerable people who had been robbed of their hard earned money.

He says they sometimes get calls from pensioners who's money gets taken by younger members of the family.

In one incident, a group of boys targeted an elderly lady and continuously robbed her of groceries so that they can sell and feed their drug habits.

Albert Fritz, MEC for Western Cape Social Development

This is the kind of period where predators are looking out for the most vulnerable and specifically older people.

Albert Fritz, MEC for Western Cape Social Development

According to Fritz, Western Cape Social Development has a multi-purpose hotline number where people can call to seek help with abuse or situations where they are being targeted.

The number is 08600 220 250

To hear how social development can assist you at this time of the year, listen below:

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