Karoo snow victims rescued

N6 Route, Penhoek Pass, after it was reopened. Picture: Janine Vorster via Twitter
CAPE TOWN - Nine people have been rescued in the Karoo after they were snowed in at their farms.

Parts of the central region saw heavy snows at the weekend, which left several farms, cut off and dozens of people stranded.

The City if Cape Town had to lend a hand to several municipalities in the region.

The city's Wilfred Solomons-Johannes says, “The city’s disaster rescue teams and a South African National Defence helicopter earlier rescued seven men. Two boys from Eerste River, who were visiting the farm, were also rescued.”

Meanwhile, at least three people died due to the freezing weather in the Southern Cape region.

The Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Free State and the Northern Cape have been experiencing extreme cold conditions in the past few days.

Three people have been killed in Port Elizabeth due to the heavy rains. Most families have been forced to leave their homes due to the rising water levels.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)