The KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs department says people should refrain from building their houses near rivers.
Weekend storms caused havoc sweeping away a family home and its occupants in the Amaoti area near Inanda, north of Durban.
The bodies of a father and child have been found, while the mother remains missing.
KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs spokesperson Lennox Mabaso says they continue to work with municipalities and traditional leadership to ensure that people’s settlement patterns are in such a manner that they are prevented from living in hazardous areas.
He says, “But, we appeal to people not to settle in areas that may pose danger in the future and to heed our call when we advise and tell them that the area that you are putting your shack in, or the area you are staying in is dangerous, one day there will be a disaster. Unfortunately, we are in the situation that we are in, we have to assist people, we cannot dwell on the challenges.”
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