Victims of the April floods in Durban are still living in tents and community halls. Meant to be a temporary measure, the eThekwini Municipality is blaming the delay in providing decent shelter and basic services on the application process for disaster funding. The City says it has a plan in place to ensure that should another disaster strike, it can respond quicker. Flood victim Zama Muthwa says there are huge challenges.

“We are facing a huge challenge living like this. We were first brought a white tent, which was taken away after a month, then we were given this old one. This tent leaks when it’s raining and we don’t know where to sleep.

Durban floods

According to Thanduxolo Sabelo, representing the Department of Human Settlements and Infrastructure assistance will be given for temporary homes. We have decided as the Municipality that we are going to assist them with building material which they can build their temporary homes with.”

“In order to procure material for flood victims, you have to follow a process of applying for disaster funding from the National Government and from the Provincial Government, so that on its own is its own process.

Despite this being a temporary fix, the eThekwini Municipality says all those who were placed in community halls and temporary shelters will be reintegrated into communities closest to them by the end of this month.

In other news – I’m not weak says ANC Limpopo leader Stan Mathabatha

ANC Limpopo chairman Stan Mathabatha said he was unfazed by people saying his leadership of the governing party was weak. According to Mathabatha, he cannot be a weak leader because he was elected to the position without anyone contesting against him, not once, but twice.

Stan Mathabatha

Mathabatha said this after he, together with ANC Limpopo secretary Soviet Lekganyane, met the ANC top six at party headquarters Luthuli House to discuss “critical issues”. Among the issues were that of ANC Limpopo treasurer Danny Msiza and deputy provincial chairperson Florence Radzilani, who were advised to “step aside” following their implication in the VBS Mutual Bank “heist” report by advocate Terry Motau. Read more

Source: eNCA

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