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Zwelethemba residents ‘floating’ in homes

“When I opened my eyes on Sunday morning we were floating!”

These were words of Pulane Gqamane, one of many people living in Mandela Square, Zwelethemba whose homes were flooded on Monday morning

They were the victims of the heavy rains that fell in the Boland over the past weekend, from Saturday night through to Monday.

Some of these people have continued living in their flooded homes in hopes that the water would drain out eventually.

Residents of Mandela Square also say they have not received any kind of support from the municipality since the flooding, unlike other parts of the Breede Valley where rescue teams were sent to.

One resident who didn’t wish to be named said: “We have called the Breede Valley Municipality numerous times and they have sent out a rescue team to suck the water out of homes. But the team told us they were unable to suck the water out because it was too low.”

The municipality has provided flood victims with bags of sand, so that they are able to navigate their way through their flooded homes in the hope that water would dry out eventually.

Victims also say this incident is not a first for Mandela Square, but even then the municipality did not try to help them.

Standard approached the municipality for comment, but at the time of going to press it still had not been received.

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