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Home Affairs steps in to ensure those hit by extreme weather can vote
Minister Malusi Gigaba says officials will be on hand to assist people who have lost their identity documents (IDs), by issuing temporary ID certificates without a fee.
He says this will allow registered voters to cast their ballot next week.
Gigaba says it’s unclear just how many people will need the department’s assistance.
“In some of the communities, the mobile trucks were being deployed to assist. They have been to Masiphumelele and they are being deployed in Tembisa in Ekurhuleni and in KwaZulu-Natal, there is also extensive deployment as well as in the Eastern Cape; so there is work already going on.”
CITY OF EKURHULENI LAUNCHES TORNADO COMMAND CENTRE
At the same time, the City of Ekurhuleni has launched a Tornado Command Centre in Tembisa to help those affected by the natural disaster.
The tornado struck parts of the area on Tuesday afternoon, leaving 20 people injured and hundreds of homes destroyed.
The City says its received overwhelming calls offering donations and assistance from the public.
Spokesperson Themba Gadebe says donors can assist by providing blankets, household items food parcels and clothing.
“Those who were affected are back in their premises, however they have lost a number of items, and any other person or organisation interested in making donations may call 011 458 0911.”
(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)