Reitumetse Makwea
Journalist
4 minute read
14 Apr 2022
5:35 am

KZN flooding: disaster exposes cracks created by corruption, mismanagement

Reitumetse Makwea

GroundWork director Bobby Peek said while flooding is a climate change issue, the biggest contributor of the disaster was the lack of service delivery and poor town planning.

A car can be seen submerged in water near the Griffiths Mxenge Highway, 13 April 2022, KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: Jacques Nelles

The KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) disaster is proof corruption has come back to haunt South Africa, as experts say the extensive flooding was a sign disaster management units and infrastructure systems in SA were regularly failing. GroundWork director Bobby Peek said while flooding is a climate change issue, the biggest contributor of the disaster was the lack of service delivery and poor town planning, which has led to poor water drainage systems, collapsed roads and bridges. “It’s not about climate change impacting the world, but government making sure people had decent homes and decent sanitation so when floods come, people are not...