Pensioners - New targets for thieves

An 82-year-old pensioner was killed when "rogues" broke into her home and slit her throat.

File: Pensioners need to feel safe in their own homes, says Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz. Picture: Nathan Adams/Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz has appealed to community members to keep an eye over the elderly, especially on pension collection day.

An 82-year-old Gugulethu resident will be buried on Saturday after her throat was slit in her home last week.

Evelyn Tofu was murdered on the same day she was due to collect her pension.

Fritz said he is outraged by the brutal killing.

"The Western Cape government is appalled at the fact that another elderly person was murdered in their own home, a place that's supposed to be safe."

Fritz has asked that residents protect the elderly, especially those who live alone.

"Unfortunately in the case of Mrs Evelyn Tofu, she was in her own home after collecting her pension and these rogues broke in.

"Our communities need to take more care when it comes to the elderly; we really believe that a number of older people want to live independently and not in homes."

Earlier this month the man accused of raping a 92-year-old grandmother in Mpumalanga was handed two life sentences in the North Gauteng High Court.

Sipho Kubeka sexually assaulted and murdered his grandmother at her KwaMhlanga home in September 2011.

When handing down the sentence, the judge added that the sentencing was harsh because Kubeka made his own flesh and blood feel unsafe in her home.