Behind closed doors: the secret horror of elder abuse

When a video showing Mamelodi Day Hospital patient [Martha Marais](http://[VIDEO] Daughter finds 76-year-old mom tied under a bench at Mamelodi Hospital) tied to a steel bench went viral last month, the country reacted with shock and disgust.

The family of the 76-year-old wasted no time in laying charges against the Department of Health, which promised to launch an investigation.

But while shocking, abuse of elderly people is not unusual.

According to the World Health Organisation, 15.7% of people 60 years and older are subjected to abuse.

Read: [VIDEO] Daughter finds 76-year-old mom tied under a bench at Mamelodi Hospital

This Saturday 15 June marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, aiming to raise awareness of elder abuse and how to prevent it.

Ikamva Labantu is a Cape Town-based organisation working towards socioeconomic improvement in some of the Mother City's poorest communities.

One of their key focus areas is the plight of the vulnerable elderly.

Seniors are being abused by their families physically, sexually, emotionally and financially.

Lulama Sigasana, Head of seniors programme - Ikamva Labantu

The other cases we get are of seniors houses being sold right under them. When the senior is staying in a home and the home is not in her name anymore.

Lulama Sigasana, Head of seniors programme - Ikamva Labantu

Listen to the full interview below:


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