KZN floods DA

A drone footage shows the carnage caused by a recent landslide in Umdloti, Durban – Photo: Twitter / @LuckyGordy

KZN floods: A reflection of dodgy contractors, says DA

The DA says the damage in KZN due to floods is a direct reflection of the ‘incapacity’ of ‘dodgy contractors’ appointed to build them.

KZN floods DA

A drone footage shows the carnage caused by a recent landslide in Umdloti, Durban – Photo: Twitter / @LuckyGordy

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the recent floods that wreaked havoc in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) are a reflection of dodgy contractors employed to build houses. 

People were forced to evacuate their homes due to mudslides and structural collapse. At least 59 people have reportedly died. 


The DA said the damage caused to RDP homes is “a direct reflection of the incapacity of the dodgy contractors appointed to build these homes by the ANC-run Municipality, year after year.”

The party also said it has long called on eThekwini to ensure that capable contractors are hired to build structurally sound dwellings for the most vulnerable in our community. 

“Despite repeated warnings, the ANC continues to put their cronies first,” the party said. 

DA Shadow MEC for Human Settlements, Emma Powell said a recent visit to Dodoma Avenue revealed that as recently as the lock down, rows of unsafe multi-story houses were built on sandy slopes near the Kennedy Road informal settlement, with almost no structural integrity. 

“Repeated contractings of tenderpreneurs who build houses with scant regard for even the most basic architectural and engineering safety standards have directly contributed to the destruction of this vast number of RDP houses.

“The resources to assist the most vulnerable in our society exist, what is lacking is the political will to do so.” 

Emma Powell


President Cyril Ramaphosa is currently in KZN assessing the damage caused by the floods. He has also visited families most affected and whose members passed on.

KZN Premier, Sihle Zikalala, the municipalities affected most by the floods include Uthukela, uMgungundlovu, King Cetshwayo, Ugu, Ilembe and Umzinyathi.

Zikalala said billions of rand worth of damage has been caused to homes, places of work, roads, bridges, electricity and water supply, and other critical government infrastructure.

“None of our districts have been spared, but the eThekwini Metro has been the epicentre of this disaster with most of the rain and the worst damage,” he said.

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