The protection of the rights of the aged, women and children are a priority for the NP.  Our Constitution places great emphasis on these rights, but in practice it is still lacking. The abuse of the aged, women and children and violence towards these groups are cause for great concern.  The NP wants to put an end to “soft” targets being selected for violence and abuse.  The NP cannot allow criminals to attack others that can’t protect themselves, differs in religion, differs in orientation, differs in gender, that according the laws of the country are classified as children, pensioners and physically handicapped.

 

Our judicial system must speed up prosecutions in crimes against the aged, women and children by special courts as well as by making more resources available for inter alia trauma counselling.  More must also be done to make men aware of the impact of their actions against the aged, women and children.  The NP is also in favour of strict action against men who do not comply with the court’s orders regarding maintenance payment, and we believe that more maintenance-investigating officers must be appointed to prosecute men who evade maintenance or conceal their real income.

 

RIGHTS OF WOMEN

 

Women play an important social, economic and political role in South Africa.  Given our history and unique circumstances, particularly in traditional rural areas, a pro-active strategy is required to ensure that the right of equality guaranteed to women in the Constitution is fully realised and to ensure equal employment opportunities, empowerment, equal education, access to health services, and protection against violence for women.

 

Also concerning is the fact that the empowerment of women through education, the provision of health services, and poverty alleviation remains seriously lacking in practice.  The NP regards CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women), which was ratified by South Africa in 1995, as the principal international instrument addressing women’s human rights and equality.  The NP believes that more must be done to inform the aged, women and children about the content of the Act of Violence against Women and children.

 

RIGHTS OF CHILDREN

 

The National Party had enough of those raping and killing our children. The National Party has a policy of zero tolerance

 

RIGHTS OF THE AGED

 

The high occurrence of abuse and violent crime of people of age, are unacceptable to the NP. The NP wants to see harsher sentences by our courts in cases where pensioners are the victims. The aged are seen as “soft targets” and become the victims of brutal violent crimes such as rape and murder. The NP will put an end to this violent behaviour and will protect all our pensioners against the current wave of brutality.

 

The NP will empower watchdogs that can keep an eye on matters such as treatment in old age homes and medical institutions. These watchdogs will also keep an eye over the aged who are living in with family and friends. The aged will get preference on housing waiting lists. The NP will invest in mobile healthcare facilities that can take health services closer to the elderly. All public institutions will be forced to take care of the aged by providing them with dedicated staff and the provision of seats.

 

The NP commit to double the current value in public grants to the aged and will introduce a minimum state grant of at least R2000 per pensioner as from 2010.

 

The National Party will do everything possible to restore safety and dignity to our pensioners.

 

   

 

 

 
 

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