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Media Statement: Floods within the Komani area, Eastern Cape

10 February 2023

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has taken note of the severe flooding that has impacted the Komani area, in the Eastern Cape. We extend our deepest sympathies to those who have been affected by this natural disaster and have lost their homes and belongings.

The prevalence of natural disasters within the province is gaining momentum, and the SAHRC calls upon all our social partners, including government, civil society, the private sector and individuals, to come together and assist in providing relief to the victims of the flooding. This is a time for us to demonstrate our collective humanity and solidarity with those in need. We urge all relevant authorities to take the necessary steps to respond to this crisis, including providing adequate shelter, food and medical care to those who have been displaced. We also call on the private sector to assist with donations of supplies, resources and funding to aid in the relief effort.

Let us work together to support those who have been impacted by this devastating event and help them to rebuild their lives. The SAHRC is in contact with the provincial government and has expressed its support for the efforts already made to safeguard the rights of those most vulnerable. Our team is currently in the area and we will continue to monitor the situation on the ground.


For further information, contact the SAHRC Provincial Manager, Dr Eileen Carter @ 043 722 7828/072 638 9016 or email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Advocacy and Research Officer, Zukiswa N Mqakanya @ 043 722 7828 or email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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