Social Development Department faces challenges keeping flood shelters open

The Department of Social Development briefed Parliament on the measures it has put in place to assist those affected by the recent floods.

DURBAN – KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape have suffered their worst natural disasters in decades.

In April, more than 450 people died in the devastating floods that hit KZN.

The Eastern Cape was also hit by severe flooding seven months ago.

The Department of Social Development briefed Parliament on the measures it has put in place to assist those affected by the recent floods.

More than 80 shelters are still open for flood victims in Kwa-Zulu Natal. But the social development department said it faced various challenges in keeping these shelters open.

They said there appear to be a number of people who were not necessarily affected by the floods who are now in shelters. The ministry said this affects funding because it is unclear when the shelters will be closed.

Minister Lindiwe Zulu insisted that all work done by her department is in the best interests of South Africans. “Quite frankly, I don’t want to do politics here. I want to be a responsible minister where we are weak. We will keep trying and make sure we respond properly to the needs of our people,” Zulu said.

The department said it also helped 325 families support the burial of their loved ones in KwaZulu-Natal.

Joel C. Hicks