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Zuma honours the elderly in Alex

President Jacob Zuma urges the youth to respect and honour the elderly in the country

President Jacob Zuma accompanied by Gauteng Premier Nomvula Nomvula Mokonyane, Deputy Minister in the Presidency Obed Bapela and Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau handed out blankets and gowns to the elderly people of Alexandra. Picture: GCIS.

ALEXANDRA - President Jacob Zuma on Monday called on the youth to respect and take care of their elders.

The president paid a surprise visit to the Itlokomoleng Care Centre for the Elderly and Disabled in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg.

Monday's visit forms part of Alexandra's 100th birthday celebrations.

Zuma handed out blankets to every resident and told them the elderly must be honoured.

"Alexandra is very precious to us. This is the place that showed us how the struggle could change and the amount of brave people we have."

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said, "He [Zuma] organised blankets and gowns to hand over to the senior citizens to celebrate Alexandra's 100 year celebrations."

She said the president's symbolic gesture was to recognise the rich history of the township.