As cash pours in to assist authorities get well from the devastating and lethal floods that hit KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), the province’s Premier Sihle Zikalala has promised that there might be no looting of the funds.
“All the resources allocated for flood relief and the recovery and rebuilding process will be utilised in line with fiscal rectitude, accountability, transparency and openness,” Zikalala mentioned.
He mentioned the KZN authorities had learnt classes from the corruption seen in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We want to emphasise the fact that, having learnt the lessons of Covid-19, no amount of corruption, maladministration and fraud will be tolerated or associated with this province,” mentioned Zikalala.
“We want to assure our communities that all the funds will be used prudentially and that no one will be allowed to feast on the suffering of our people in order to line their pockets.”
He mentioned the province might be proactive in making certain there isn’t any corruption. This included a pre-audit that might be executed by the provincial Treasury and fixed monitoring of the spending and work being executed, together with by the Auditor-General.
Zikalala mentioned they had been nonetheless busy figuring out precisely how a lot is required to repair the province’s water infrastructure, which he mentioned was “hugely and severely damaged”.
“We’ll be able to give exact figures once we have done a thorough assessment,” he mentioned.
R1 billion in aid funds
Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana mentioned at the very least R1 billion in emergency aid funds might be despatched to KZN to assist the province rebuild after the floods.
Millions in rands have additionally been contributed by folks and organisations within the personal sector, together with a R30 million donation from businessman Patrice Motsepe.
The demise toll from the floods, as of Sunday night time, now stands at 443.There are additionally at the very least 63 folks nonetheless lacking.
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Water tanker exterior premier’s home
During the media briefing, Zikalala additionally addressed a video that went viral on social media of a water tanker parked at his home.
“I have seen in the media, in the social media that here is a clip, a video clip that is going viral with someone saying that he is by my house and that there are people who are putting water into my homestead. I think that I must clarify that upfront.”
He defined that the tanker made its means near his residence after servicing the realm and his spouse made her solution to the tanker to fetch water.
“What the family, led by my wife, is doing in cooking and providing food to the people staying in that [community] hall and that clip has not surfaced. The man is only showing this clip where we called the water tanker to provide water and after water was provided to the whole community, we poured water at home.”