Tuesday, 12 April 2022 22:11

Cyril Ramaphosa to visit flood-stricken KZN as death toll rises.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

President Cyril Ramaphosa will visit flood-stricken parts of  KwaZulu-Natal tomorrow, Wednesday 13 April 2022, to offer support to affected communities and assess the response of government and civil society to this critical situation.

In a statement, presidency said as the President prepares for this visit, his thoughts are with families who have lost loved ones, people who have been injured and individuals, businesses and organisations who have lost property.

Ramaphosa said: "This is a tragic toll of the force of nature and this situation calls for an effective response by government in partnership with communities.

"This situation calls on us to come together as a nation and offer assistance to those who desperately need our care and support."

The President's visit follows meetings this evening of the National Disaster Management Centre and the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Disaster Management.The National Disaster Management Centre is established in terms of the Disaster Management Act to coordinate integrated responses to disasters by all spheres of government, the private sector and civil society, read the statement.

Ramaphosa will travel to the eThekwini Metro in the morning and will visit a number of areas that have been severely impacted by persistent, heavy downpours in recent days which have claimed lives, infrastructure and various assets.

The President's tour will commence approximately 10h30 with a briefing to the President by Premier Sihle Zikalala, Metro Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda and officials on the extent of flood damage and the response by government entities,concluded the statement.

Since Monday, KZN experienced one of the worst weather storms in the history of South Africa. KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala, members of the Executive Council, members of the Provincial Legislature, mayors and councillors on Tuesday visited different parts of the province to assess the damage, and also pay respects to those who have lost their lives in what is now a provincial tragedy.

According to the premier, Ethekwini alone reported 45 fatalities so far, while the iLembe District in areas such as Ndwedwe, Kwadukuza, more that 14 people are reported to have lost their lives.

This brings the total death toll to 59.

Ramaphosa will be accompanied by Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and Minister of Police Gen Bheki Cele.