Lunga Simelane
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30 May 2022
6:00 am

Flood disaster relief: KZN ‘sees no funds’

Lunga Simelane

Non-functioning government cannot process funding, says analyst.

People cross over the washed away bridge along Griffiths Mxenge Highway, 13 April 2022, KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: Jacques Nelles

A lack of accountability and poor governance continues to affect the country at a local government level. As the Ad Hoc Joint Committee on Flood Disaster Relief and Recovery called for the delivery of basic services to families hit by the floods after visiting Umlazi local municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, the failure at providing adequate service delivery summed up the state of most municipalities in South Africa: a complete mess. The committee was established by parliament in April. It was understood that Umlazi municipality had incurred major destructions and road infrastructure damages estimated to cost over R52 million, resulting in devastation...