IFP Calls for Urgent Aid Following Devastating KZN Tornadoes

Jun 6, 2024 | Press Releases

The IFP in the KZN Legislature calls for urgent humanitarian assistance in the wake of the deadly and devastating tornadoes that ravaged different parts of KwaZulu-Natal, such as Nquthu, Maphumulo, KwaHlabisa, Newcastle, Utrecht, Ballito, and uThongathi, on Monday, 3 June.

Our hearts go out to all those affected. No one saw this coming. What has happened is not an isolated issue and should not be approached as such. Climate change cannot be ruled out, as it is not a thought or theory but a reality which is upon us. If we do not take the necessary steps and implement the plans needed to deal with this grim issue, our province and its people are doomed to a future of despair. We are of the view that climate change issues should be incorporated into all our poverty reduction and rural development strategies.

This was a tragedy, in that people lost their homes, their loved ones, their businesses, and their belongings. We still do not know for sure how many lives were lost or the full extent of the damages across the province, but we gather that the tragic incident left some parts of the province looking worse than a war zone, with at least eleven confirmed deaths as of Tuesday afternoon, seven of whom were from uThongathi.

As the IFP, we would like to commend the tireless efforts of first responders, emergency personnel, and volunteers who, after the tornado, began digging through the debris in search of survivors.

In addition, we urge everyone to follow the guidance of local officials and to continue doing everything they can to help those in need.

It is our understanding that the tornadoes hit at a time when many school children are writing their exams, and we therefore plead with school principals and governing bodies to be lenient in terms of imposing a strict dress code, given that many families lost their belongings.

As the old adage that has defined our country goes, ‘umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu’. Working together, we will rebuild and recover from this unfortunate tragedy.

Contact
Hon. Les Govender, MPL
IFP KZN Provincial Spokesperson for Social Development
083 974 4894

Recent Headlines

IFP Press Conference to Provide an Update on the Government of National Unity

IFP President and NEC to Brief Media on GNU

The IFP NEC will meet today in light of the widespread uncertainty prevailing as it pertains to the Government of National Unity (GNU). The IFP President Hon. Velenkosini Hlabisa, MP, will thereafter at a press conference provide an update on these matters today. The...

IFPYB Welcomes Changes in the Department of Higher Education

GNU: IFP’s Position on Interpretation of Clause 24

The IFP has taken note of the on-going public disagreements between the ANC’s Mr Fikile Mbalula and the DA’s Mrs Helen Zille, as it pertains to clause 24 of the Government of National Unity (GNU) statement of intent. To that end, the IFP President Hon. Velenkosini...

IFP Secures 7 Wards in KZN By-Elections

IFP Secures 7 Wards in KZN By-Elections

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) in KwaZulu-Natal is overwhelmed with gratitude to the people of the province, following its resounding victory in yesterday’s by-elections, where the Party secured 7 out of 12 contested wards. The IFP has gained a majority in several...

WhatsApp