MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCES TO THE UMZUMBE MUNICIPALITY FLOOD VICTIMS
His Worship the Mayor of Umzumbe Municipality, Cllr Sydney Gumede wishes to express his heartfelt condolences to the 5 families who have lost their loved ones during this past heavy rains that ravaged through Umzumbe Municipality. These families include those of
1. Thulani Mthethwa (Ward 8), age 30,
2. Vumbutho Shange (Ward 8) age 75
3. Langelihle Smangala (Ward 10), age 5
4. Bhekuyise Jacob Gcwensa (Ward 12), age 68
5. Londekile Hazel Mbutho (Ward 15), age 25
6. Hlabeyakhe Mnguni (Ward 14) age 48
All these cases have been confirmed by Hibberdene and Msinsini SAPS. These heavy rains have caused that some of our roads and bridges to be closed. Some were closed as a precautionary measure due to the fact that the bridge is heavily overflowing and other bridges were damaged and not safe to cross.
The Mayor has assured the Umzumbe Municipality community that was affected by these recent floods that the disaster management office is on the ground crisscrossing the municipality doing further assessments to check levels of damages. Assistance in the form of tents and blankets has been given to very urgent and critical cases. The process of assessing the damages is continuing. The Mayor urges the community to work closely with their Ward Councillors. There is a high number of families who were affected badly by these heavy rains.
Umzumbe Mayor urges the community not to take risks and attempt to cross flooding rivers as this can cause death and or serious injuries.