Official opposition in the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Provincial Legislature, Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has called for the Human Settlements MEC Sipho Nkosi to provide a clear timeframe on when the flood victims will be moved to their permanent homes.
“We want to know when the people who are still staying in temporary shelters will be moved into their permanent homes. The MEC must provide dates. How much progress has been made on the 13 land parcels announced by the government to build houses for flood victims?” the IFP stated.
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Last week, the Provincial Disaster Management teams were hard at work assisting people affected by heavy rainfall and strong winds that caused widespread destruction, particularly in Mtubatuba, in the northern part of KwaZulu-Natal.
The thunderstorm reportedly ripped roofs off houses and caused damage to infrastructure, including power cables, roads, bridges, and vehicles.
The IFP said that the recent heavy rains serve as a reminder that people are still staying in temporary shelters since being displaced by floods in April 2022 and the previous years.
“The ANC-led government must hang its head in shame. This is an indictment on the ANC-led government, which has clearly lost the spirit of Ubuntu towards floods victims.
“This lack of action on the part of government puts lives at risk, as many people are without houses, with some still staying in shacks, and others left homeless,” the IFP added.
The provincial Department of Human Settlements said it will fast track the process of providing temporary structures to families whose houses were completely destroyed.