Storm-hit farm dwellers helpless without Ids

2008-01-08 00:00

During a visit yesterday to storm victims in the Amajuba District, Welfare MEC Meshack Radebe said part of the people’s problem stems from the fact that many do not have ID documents, which would enable them to obtain government grants.

He promised to launch a drive soon to enable farm dwellers to apply for IDs and birth certificates, so they can get the grants that might help raise them out of poverty.

Many of the more than 170 houses destroyed by a storm last Thursday were mud structures on farms, and Radebe said the government can do little to assist farm dwellers with better housing, as they live on private property.

He was angry that some of them were not given time off work to come and collect welfare parcels he was distributing.

Radebe’s department and the district municipality jointly provided people with food parcels, blankets and tents.

The MEC visited Dannhauser, iNgogo, Newcastle, Utrecht and Fairbreeze.

"This part of the province always seems to be affected by the storms, but thank God this time around no one died," said District Mayor Mkhulu Mlangeni.

"We narrowly escaped when our mud houses collapsed. As you see, we only left with this shack that my neighbours constructed for me," said Lizzy Zulu, mother of five children.

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