Mashaba to probe contractors who built houses damaged by storm

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The City of Johannesburg wants an investigation into contractors involved in building some of the houses damaged during a violent storm on Saturday.

On Sunday, Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba said the city’s group risk advisory services would conduct a full risk assessment of the damage caused by the storm and a preliminary report was expected to be released by Friday. The report would contain the full extent of the damage caused by the storm and whether the event needed to be declared a provincial or national disaster.

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Heavy rain and hail smashed parts of the city and outlying areas on Saturday afternoon, leaving two people dead.

A number of incidents were reported in the south and west of Johannesburg after the storm, including the structural collapse of parts of the roof, and subsequent flooding, at the Trade Route Mall in Lenasia.

The storm uprooted trees, which closed certain roads, and damaged houses, blowing off roofs, and vehicles in various areas, especially in Protea Glen in Soweto.

Six people were injured in a minibus taxi crash on the N12 near Impala Road, while other minor crashes during the storm were reported.

Mashaba conducted an inspection on Sunday of the damage caused by the storm in Lenasia, Soweto, and Westbury.

He met provincial disaster centre officials and Gauteng provincial departments to chart a way to help displaced residents. The provincial government has provided tents and temporary shelter, food parcels and blankets to some residents.

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