Knysna Disaster: I Never Said It’s Not My Concern

Noting reports claiming President Jacob Zuma said Western Cape’s Knysna Disaster isn’t his concern, the Presidency called on South Africans to be vigilant against fake news reports.

Stressing that the reports are fake, the Presidency related that the government has dispatched humanitarian support and disaster management teams to Western Cape.

President Zuma was quoted to have said:

“Government has dispatched humanitarian and other support to all the affected areas, especially the poor communities, which is being coordinated through our NATJOC Disaster Management, working with the Western Cape Provincial Government and Provincial Disaster Management teams.”

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He added that the government is “extremely concerned by the loss of life, displacement of people and total devastation that have been visited on the residents of the Western Cape including Knysna, Plettenburg Bay in the Cape Peninsula and all affected areas as a result of the severe weather and heavy storms.”

Afterwards, Zuma thanked all those who have come forward with support to the affected communities. He also appealed to those with the means to assist the residents of Western Cape to do so.

From our gatherings, four of Knysna’s Primary Healthcare (PHC) facilities Kranshoek, Keurhoek, Hornlee and Khayalethu have been closed.

Currently, a central PHC service is run at the Knysna Town Clinic while a central emergency centre is run at the Knysna Community Day Centre.

Also, the South African Defence Force has mounted a mobile clinic to treat the people for smoke inhalation. They are being assisted by the Primary Healthcare staff.

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So far, it’s known that about 10,000 residents were displaced in the Eden district with the fires raging through many suburbs of Knysna and surrounds.

It has also been estimated that not fewer than 300 structures have been totally destroyed.

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