VIEW | Jagersfontein floods: Ramaphosa promises probe, support for residents | TBEN


  • President Cyril Ramaphosa visited Jagersfontein in the Free State on Monday after a dam collapsed and flooded the area.
  • He says the government will investigate the cause of the incident.
  • It will also provide support to those affected.

President Cyril Ramaphosa said the government would give priority to assisting residents whose homes and properties were destroyed after a dam in Jagersfontein collapsed and flooded the area.

“We’re going to investigate, but for now let’s focus on restoring the livelihoods of our people here, effective immediately. This includes businesses. We’re also going to investigate whose businesses have been affected and how we’re going to support [them],” he said.

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The president visited the area Monday to talk to residents and conduct an on-site inspection.

Ramaphosa said several ministers and MECs were in the area to assess the situation and offer their support. Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe planned to visit on Tuesday.

“We are not here just for you to see us but so I can see what happened and the work that has been done by the Prime Minister, MEC, Municipality and other organizations that have helped and to make sure we will fix what happened to support. we will not abandon you,” the president promised.

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He also expressed concern about matric students whose study would be affected.

Free State Prime Minister Sisi Ntombela praised the president for his response.

Roads in Jagersfontein are covered with thick silt after heavy flooding.

“My people, we are glad we don’t have a president who cares about the good life and his status. We have a president who said to himself that he is responsible for his people. Things will return to their place, my people, and you all get laundry supplies, blankets and other stuff,” she said.

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Ramaphosa said residents had expressed disappointment and some had expressed hope.

“You have given us a balanced presentation of hope that the government will be here with you, but also to tell us that some things could have been addressed,” Ramaphosa said.

“We will investigate what we should have done and what not. Do not lose hope. The government will be here and walk this journey with you.’