Kraaifontein shack dwellers flooded out of their homes
City says most flooded areas “are situated on land that is not suitable for habitation”
“They’re going wherever I’m going,” said Medison Vermaak, pointing to a bucket she was carrying with four kittens inside as she walked through ankle-deep water wearing gumboots and a rain jacket. Since Monday, sporadic heavy downpours have caused flooding across the Cape Town metro, particularly in low-lying areas and wetlands. Areas affected include Wallacedene and Siqalo near Mitchells Plain.
On the flooding in Bloekombos, the City Disaster Risk Management spokesperson, Charlotte Powell said, “The settlement is in a detention pond and no practical, or reasonable, remedies are available.” She said that a request has been made for SASSA to provide relief.
Mayco Member for Human Settlements Malusi Booi said that the pond in the area “is designed to catch water” and “the water cannot feasibly be removed”. He said that the majority of the reported flooded areas “are situated on land that is not suitable for habitation, like wetlands, waterlogged areas and private land which have been unlawfully occupied”.
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