The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) sends a message of condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in the terrible heavy storms that have turned havoc in many parts of the country this week.

This period is the most difficult one not only to those who have been directly affected by the rains but the country as whole. Indeed, it is a trying time for us as a country.

We are relieved that the body of the 18-month-old toddler, Hope Maphumulo, has been recovered. The toddler is amongst those who went missing during this week’s heavy storms. We hope that the toddler’s mother, together with her older sister who are still missing, will be soon found alive and well.

We also pray for the 14-year-old Nomthandazo Chili (from Folweni) and 22-month-old Okuhle Kweyama (from Umlazi D Section) and many others who are still missing. We wait in hope that they will be found alive and are reunited with their families.

We appeal to the emergency workers and police divers to continue doing everything in their power to locate the missing persons.

No one can ever be prepared for the havoc caused by such heavy rains and winds, which saw many losing their lives and others losing all their possessions. This is indeed a national disaster.

Statement by:

Ms Thandi Nontenja
UDEMWO Secretary General