URGENT INTERVENTION REQUIRED AS SPRINGFIELD PARK INFORMAL SETTLEMENT RESIDENTS REFUSE TO LEAVE DESPITE FLOODING

GEORGE MARI,

MPP DA KZN SPOKESPERSON FOR COGTA

THE Democratic Alliance has today made an urgent appeal to KZN Co-operative Governance MEC, Nomusa Dube and Ethekwini housing head, Cogi Pather, to immediately intervene on behalf of Springfield Park informal settlement residents whose shacks are on the verge of being swept away by the Umgeni River. Television coverage on the effects of tropical storm Irina earlier today show alarming visuals of shacks along the river, near Quarry Road, which remain inhabited despite the river level being dangerously high. Those interviewed said they were reluctant to leave their homes because they had nowhere else to go. Clearly this is an unacceptable situation and the DA appeals to KZN COGTA and Human Settlement officials to take charge and provide alternative shelter for this community. The DA proposes that a transit camp be established at the Cornubia housing development, to which Springfield residents can be taken, with a long-term view to assisting them to relocate there permanently once the project is concluded. The department must act without delay to prevent any loss of life.

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