Freak storm de­stroys Gra­ham­stown home

Grocott's Mail - - NEWS - By KUHLE NGQEZANA

A storm that swept through Gra­ham­stown on 27 De­cem­ber may have lasted no longer than an hour - but it caused se­ri­ous dam­age to the houses of res­i­dents.

Zi­bongile Rhano from ex­ten­sion 7 in Gra­ham­stown came home to a house that was com­pletely wrecked. All that re­mains is the foun­da­tion, two bro­ken mud walls and heaps of rub­ble where walls once stood.

“For­tu­nately when the storm hit I was not home,” Zi­bongile said. “I was alerted about the dam­age it had caused to my house through a phone call from my neigh­bours.

“I got here to find that my house is gone and my fur­ni­ture was just ly­ing out­side.”

Ward 7 com­mit­tee mem­ber Vic­tor Tsipha, called to the site, said he had con­tacted ward coun­cil­lor Mnce­disi Go­jela to in­spect it and de­clare it a dis­as­ter site.

Speak­ing to Gro­cott’s Mail, Go­jela said the mu­nic­i­pal­ity did not have funds for tem­po­rary hous­ing; how­ever, the prov­ince did.

“We did pro­vide the houses that were dam­aged with [tar­pau­lin] cov­ers. Un­for­tu­nately we can­not do much for cases like Zi­bongile’s house where the whole house is gone.”

Go­jela said the best Rhano could do for him­self was to re­build his own house as soon as pos­si­ble. but from the [Prov­ince].”

Rhano said he had nei­ther money nor re­sources to re­build his home.

Photo: Kuhle Ngqezana

Zi­bongile Rhano sur­veys his home that was de­stroyed in a storm.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.