Alexandra residents left angry after heavy rains and no homes
Some displaced Alexandra residents say they've not been given any concrete solution to their living arrangements.
JOHANNESBURG – Some displaced Alexandra residents say while several government officials, including President Jacob Zuma, have visited the flood-affected areas, they have not been given any concrete solution to their living arrangements.
Seven people were killed and hundreds were displaced during flash floods two weeks ago.
Three-year-old Evelyn Chauke was swept away by water during the disaster.
“We’re asking and appealing [for help] from the government, please we’re desperate, and we need help.”
One resident, like many others, was left homeless after heavy rains washed away some homes in Alexandra.
He says while they are grateful for the assistance from Gift of the Givers, the living conditions in the tent, which is used as a church, are uncomfortable and poor as water seeps through the tent when it rains.
“We have to wake up very early in the morning, around 5am to get up as the church service starts. We have to wake up and we have nowhere else to go.”
Many of the displaced women have been placed at local nursery schools which they have to evacuate daily at 5am for the children to be accommodated, leaving them loitering in the streets till night time when the children have left.
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Some displaced Stjwetla community members were angered by the visit from the ANCWL who had come to visit the Gift of the Givers’ temporary shelter.
They complained of government neglecting them and slammed the ANCWL for providing support only for the Chauke family.
“So what about us? Should I put my child in the river so that they can take care of me?”
While many say they are grateful for the help from the Gift of the Givers, those living in temporary shelters say they fear the warning of more floods.
(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)