JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng Acting Premier Paul Mashatile is on Thursday expected to visit the families of six people killed after a severe storm in parts Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane.

While police are searching for a child who went missing during yesterday’s storm, provincial government has activated a disaster management centre to investigate the trail of destruction and continue with search operations.

The provincial party is also appealing to its members in affected areas to assist families left homeless.

The African National Congress (ANC)’s Motalatale Modiba says the Gauteng ANC is extending its condolences to families who lost their loved ones and will be offering them relief.

“We are appealing to society and volunteers of the ANC, in areas where communities are affected, to come out and offer assistance to their neighbours.”

Meanwhile, questions have been raised asked about the capacity of storm water drains.

But Johannesburg Roads Agency managing director Sean Phillips says it’s not possible to design drains that cope with extreme rainfall.

“When you get very unusual rainfall like we had last night then it overloads the drainage system. It wouldn’t be possible to design the drains to be able to cope with these extreme rains, which occur occasionally.”

  • EWN