Central SA#JagersfonteinDisaster: Ntombela sends management teams
─── LUCKY NKUYANE 10:19 Sun, 11 Sep 2022
Free State Premier, Sisi Ntombela, has deployed the disaster management team and the Joint Operation Centre to Jagersfontein in the Kopanong Local Municipality, after a mine dam burst on Sunday morning, 11 September 2022.
Ntombela’s spokesperson, Palesa Chubisi, says the teams will determine the extent of the disaster and also carry out evacuation processes where necessary.
OFM News previously reported that some of the houses and cars were swept away by a strong stream of water in Jagersfontein.
“The Premier of the Free State, Sisi Ntombela, has learnt with the greatest shock of the disaster that happened in Jagersfontein in the Kopanong Local Municipality, wherein the mine dam in the area burst this morning, 11 September 2022, at around 06:00.
"More details on what may have caused the incident will be shared at a later stage once the government has received a detailed report on the incident.
"Premier Ntombela is expected to visit the affected area this morning," Chubisi further adds.
According to the municipality's spokesperson, Solomzi Phama, over 30 houses may be affected, with a portion of the township also affected. He said the water has swept away belongings of residents and some of them have since been relocated to the nearest farm in that area.
However, police spokesperson, Motantsi Makhele, told OFM News that: "We are aware of the situation. It was reported but [there are] no full details as yet, and the police are still gathering more details."
Pictures and videos purporting the incident in that area have been widely shared on social media.