Residents of Mamelodi’s Eerste Fabriek chase Tshwane Emergency Services away when they attempted to evacuate them

Residents of Mamelodi’s Eerste Fabriek informal communities chased Tshwane Emergency Services away when they attempted to evacuate them to a shelter. This comes after torrential rain and thunderstorms wreaked havoc on Tshwane on Friday night and early Saturday.
Floods swept away more than 700 shacks at the same informal settlement on December 9, 2019. Residents had previously chastised the City of Tshwane for making “false promises” after being promised relocation. They expressed their dissatisfaction with not being able to obtain some services because their squatter camp was not recognized.
Tshwane Emergency Services spokesperson, Charles Mabaso said they worked around the clock responding to multiple flooding incidents. Flooding in Eerste Fabriek Banana Bridge was reported and about 800 people were affected.

“Emergency Services and disaster management teams were dispatched to the area. A Gauteng EMS, 23-seater busses and 16 Tshwane bus services were mobile to evacuate people to temporary accommodations. Two SAPS choppers conducted an aerial assessment of the area and identified about 60 people on rooftops of their dwellings.
“The people however, when the members of the SAPS and rescue teams tried to evacuate them, hurled insults at the teams and threw them with objects. Community leaders, ward councillors were busy engaging in efforts to persuade the people to evacuate.”
Mabaso added households that were affected by the flooding and offered social relief by the Social Development and Disaster Risk Management are from Eesterust, Mamelodi (information settlements), Gomora in Pretoria West,  Soshanguve Block KK, Onverwacht  in Cullinan, Hamanskraal and Marikana in Centurion.
City of Tshwane mayor, Randall Williams commended the swift response by MMC’s in assisting victims. Williams was also on the ground overseeing operations and assessing the damage caused by the flooding.

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