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JHB storm victims repair homes

Kagiso residents will spend their money repairing their homes damaged by Gauteng’s stormy weather.

The corner of Mowbray Street and Tom Jones Street in Benoni was flooded following severe thunderstorms in Gauteng on 28 November 2013. Picture: Melissa Oates/iWitness.

JOHANNESBURG - Residents of the Kagiso township on the West Rand say they won't be buying Christmas presents this year because the money will now be used to repair their roofs, which were damaged during heavy storms in Gauteng on Thursday.

Community members have described having to sleep in bathrooms, on chairs and under tables after hail the size of golf balls caused severe damage to their homes and vehicles.

Large hail stones cover the ground in Mamelodi following severe thunderstorms in Gauteng on 28 November 2013. Picture: Victor Mbinga/iWitness.

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane was in the township on Friday, promising residents that government will assist.

She says government will visit affected areas, help people repair roofs and also give food.

"We're already coordinating means to close the cracked and damaged roofs across the province."

One resident says she had to sleep in her wet bed because there was nothing else she could do.

"I just slept on the side of the bed because the bed was wet."

Community members say they are hoping mother nature will have mercy on them this weekend.

Massive hail stones fell in Krugersdorp on 28 November 2013. Picture: Gavin Carter/iWitness.

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