DA calls on Premier Mathabatha to declare Vhembe a disaster area

The Democratic Alliance has today written to Limpopo Premier, Stan Mathabatha to immediately declare Vhembe District a disaster area after the recent heavy downpours that destroyed several houses, roads and bridges.

The affected villages includes Masisi , Thohoyandou, Madimbo, Tshilamba, Folovhodwe and other surrounding villages. This disaster has hampered the ability of residents to get to work and to school.

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The DA believes that this calamity could have been avoided had Premier Mathabatha prioritised service delivery and the maintenance of infrastructure like storm water drains instead of focusing on the ANC’s internal squabbles and self-enriching exercises.

Once declared a disaster, additional finances may be allocated to this area to provide emergency relief to the affected villages by upgrading some of the damaged infrastructure so that life can go back to normal.

The DA urges Premier Mathabatha and his administration to engage all relevant stakeholders to craft an impactful strategy to bring relief to the residents of Vhembe and further dispatch a team to assess the damage.

The DA will continue to push for emergency aid and will ensure that the funds made available reach those most in need and build one South Africa for all.