- Mamelodi residents are suffering in the wake of a recent flood that has ravaged the area
- More than 700 shacks have been swept away by the water and many residents have been left stranded
- Rescue operations are under way and some eye-witnesses claim that two children were swept away as well
From 9am on Monday, residents have been at the mercy of a flood that is doing some serious damage in Mamelodi.
More than 700 shacks have been swept away at one of the informal settlements in Eerste Fabrieke.
The informal settlement is flanked by a large river.
IOL reported on eye-witness claims that two children were swept aside by the water.
Charles Mabaso, EMS spokesperson, said: "Earlier we had reports that two children had been swept away by the water in that area, but it is not yet confirmed."
Mabaso also explained that many residents have been left stranded and remained on their rooftops.
Displaced residents have been offered accommodation at Mamelodi Hall.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported on the impact of the flooding in Gauteng as more than 30 people were stuck at the Centurion Lake Hotel.
Twitter user Thabang Makhura (@ThabangMakhura) shared a controversial tweet, which included the below caption:
"Enough about Centurion lakeaide hotel those people have got insurance... Lets pray for mamelodi#mamelodi flood."
Black Chuck Norris (@BlaqChuckNorris) responded:
"Oh their insurance is sorting them out while you are mocking them. I guess your prayers are working, so pray to your God who is supposed to help mamelodi people only who can't help both Centurion and Mamelodi."
Kgomotso (@Kgo_motso_B) delved a little deeper:
"Sad thing is that these people were warned,the protesters and malema told them to occupy that land .mxm."
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