TEMBISA – The Tembisa tornado has turned into a political football match.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) say the ANC will exploit the situation in a bid to make money.
EFF leader Julius Malema, visiting the area on Wednesday, slammed the government’s plan to assist those affected by the tornado the day before.
“The tents are going to come here with expensive monies – you know the ANC people. The tents that cost R500, it’s going to cost R50,000,” Malema said.
“And then when they see a disaster, they see an opportunity to steal money.”
The ruling party hit back, describing his comments as stupid.
“How can a disaster be an opportunity for the ANC? Who knew that there was going to be this disaster?” said the ANC’s Ekurhuleni mayoral candidate Mzwandile Masina.
“For me, it’s very stupid, to say the least.”
Tembisa residents, meanwhile, were trying to bring their lives back to normal.
Government officials were helping residents to rebuild their homes. An estimated 120 properties were damaged by the tornado.
The Phumulani Mall, which was right in its path, was closed until further notice. Every shop in the centre was damaged.
Shop owners are concerned about the job security of the 200 people who work there.
“The effect is going to be huge — currently it’s a no-go zone. We can’t even go into our stores to take out what goods we can try and salvage. And remember his time of year there is a change of season; we have commitments to companies,” said shop owners’ representative Muneer Loonat.