At least 1,800 people affected by Joburg storm, says MEC

Gauteng Infrastucure Development MEC Jacob Mamabolo says that an investigation has been launched to look into evidence of negligence in the construction of houses that have been affected and damaged.

Jacob Mamabolo MEC for Infrastructure Development (DID) in Gauteng says that seven shacks in the West Rand have been completely destroyed by a hailstorm that struck the province on 30 December, 2017. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Infrastucure Development MEC Jacob Mamabolo says that at least 1,800 people have been affected by the disastrous hailstorm that ripped through parts of Johannesburg at the weekend.

Two brothers died as a result of the storm on Saturday, when a tree fell on their vehicle.

Mamabolo says that an investigation has been launched to look into evidence of negliganece in the construction of houses that have been affected and damaged.

The MEC has pleaded with residents to be cautious, especially when there are warnings of extreme weather conditions.

"We are seeing a pattern of severe and very devastating storms, heavy rain and tornados that are affecting our province."

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