The eThekwini Municipality has refuted claims that of its workers was stealing donated items.
This comes after video which was circulated on social media displaying a girl in a bakkie laden with black luggage which is believed to comprise support for flood victims.
Humanitarian organizations, NGOs are scurrying to help folks with a lot wanted support, meals hampers, water and different private objects as mop-up operations get underway within the province.
In the video, the lady who was filming the incident narrates what is going on.
“Is eThekwini stealing the aid that was distributed by the residents of Durban North to go to the rescue crews and eThekwini was busing stealing it.”
The video additionally reveals the registration numbers of the bakkie and a truck with the eThekwini Municipality emblem.
“They came and loaded truck loads in here and are busy stealing the aid. This will go to every single journalist; you will be famous. They even go the police. When our guys tried to fight to stop it from going, I literally parked my car in front to stop them from going (sic).”
In a press release to The Citizen, the eThekwini Municipality mentioned it’s conscious of the video.
“We can confirm the following: The driver was not stealing. She is one of our employees in the Community Participation Unit and is assigned to deliver donation to one of the townships. We can also confirm reports that some of residents are insisting that their donated goods be delivered to areas of their choice and typically the areas they dictate are not the most impacted.”
The eThekwini Municipality mentioned the video is pretend information.
“It is unfortunate that the employee in questions has had her reputation tarnished in this manner. We call upon the public to desist from creating and spreading fake news.”
Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa is predicted to handle the nation relating to the federal government’s response to catastrophic floods which have devastated components of KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape in current weeks.
Ramaphosa’s nationwide deal with follows a particular cupboard assembly held on Sunday to evaluate the social and financial aftermath of flooding within the two provinces.
The work presently underway to offer aid to these affected and rebuild after widespread injury was additionally mentioned.
People’s lifestyle was tragically interrupted when torrential rains flooded and swept away properties, ruined infrastructure and landslides broken roads in KwaZulu-Natal.
In whole, 443 lives have been misplaced within the disastrous floods whereas 63 others are nonetheless lacking.
Fifty-seven kids are additionally amongst those that misplaced their lives in what has been described because the deadliest floods within the historical past of KwaZulu-Natal.