Money-minded opportunists in Pietermaritzburg wasted no time in capitalising from the severe thunderstorm that ripped through parts of KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday.
In a video shared by Nqobah Ngcobo on Facebook on Thursday morning, a woman is seen climbing into a shopping trolley and being wheeled across the flooded street by a young man.
Another woman can be heard asking how much it costs to be pushed in the trolley, and then laughs out loud when the young man tells her it’s R20.
On Wednesday afternoon a freak storm left a trail of destruction when it battered Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas. Massive hail stones pelted people’s vehicles and homes, and a rapid downpour of rain left roads flooded and caused major damage.
The South African Weather Service on Thursday morning warned that more disruptive rainfall, that could lead to localised flooding in low-lying areas, roads and bridges, is expected in the province on Thursday. The inclement conditions could also result in localised mudslides.
It is expected to affect the districts of Zululand, uThukela, uMkhanyakude, Amajuba, Harry Gwala, uMgungundlovu, Ilembe and the eThekwini metro.