Home Affairs South Africa has promised to issue temporary IDs to people whose identity certificates were damaged by the recent severe weather.
Malusi Gigaba, minister in-charge of Home Affairs South Africa made this known on Thursday.
Gigaba’s disclosure trails apprehension and uncertainty expressed by many flood victims; who feared they may be barred from voting next week.
He said the decision was taken because temporary identity certificates have barcodes that could be scanned at voting stations.
Though names of victims are being compiled but affected individuals who wish to apply are advised to go to any nearest Home Affairs office; as offices would be open for extended hours ahead of elections from 07:00 to 19:00 on election day.
In the Western Cape, almost 10 000 people had been affected by flooding in Langa and Phillipi, and three homes and at least 55 people were displaced in Gugulethu because of a fire, he said.
Severe weather conditions struck across the entire country this week – a tornado was seen touching down outside Johannesburg.
Prior to the disastrous weather, the SA Weather Service issued a severe weather warning for 25 July until 28 July.
In Kwa-Zulu Natal, heavy rains flooded Durban and the eThekwini region on Sunday and Monday leading to the deaths of six people.
On Monday afternoon, several cars had to be towed out of a flooded road.
On Tuesday, the inclement weather also sunk several vehicles at the KZN ambulance services base in KwaDukuza about 70km north of Durban.
According to the province’s co-operative governance and traditional affairs department (Cogta); the extreme weather also damaged a significant number of communities.
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Many families lost their homes and belongings; and infrastructures worth millions of rand were seriously damaged.
In the Western Cape, almost 10 000 people were affected by flooding in Langa and Phillipi, and three homes and at least 55 people were displaced in Gugulethu because of a fire.