Malema blames lack of land rights for devastating floods

Celani Sikhakhane

Although the KwaZulu-Natal floods swept through rich suburbs as well as informal settlements, Julius Malema said on Thursday that those in townships and squatter camps suffered the disaster because they don’t have proper land.

The EFF leader was speaking at ward 25 in kwaMsuthu in Durban where he visited flood victims and donated food parcels to 500 families.

He told the crowd that if people had been given proper land they would have not faced this crisis.

And he warned that if flood victims are taken back to the areas of tragedy they will face the same danger in the future.

“This is a serious issue and it exposes our government that if they had been listening to our people over the issue of land none of this would have happened,” he said. “We said to the municipality that they must give land to the people because if they return them back to these places it is guaranteed that they will face the same tragedy.”

The KZN floods that ravaged many parts of the province saw people from informal settlements, townships and the most expensive suburbs losing their homes. Many lost their lives.

Most houses were washed away and roads were completely damaged.

The infrastructure was damaged to the tune of billions of rands.

The N2 south between Port Shepstone and Durban was damaged and vehicles are being diverted to small access roads in Mgababa where communities are threatening to block them, protesting the lack of a water supply.

In Georgedale near Hammarsdale houses are buried under water and family members are still looking for their missing loved ones.

The EFF donation came after IFP President Velenkosini Hlabisa donated food parcels and an amount of R250,000.

DA leader John Steenhuisen visited some families who lost their relatives and donated water since many have no water supply.